Nigeria’s northwest state of Kebbi on Wednesday said it has achieved 62 percent cure rate of tuberculosis (TB) cases between 2019 and 2020 in the state.
Ja’afar Muhammad, State Commissioner of Health, said TB remained a serious public health challenge worldwide with high burden in Asia and Africa.
The National TB Prevalence Survey (2016) ranks Nigeria 4th among the 30 high burden countries globally and number one in Africa, with a projected incidence rate of 322 per 100, 000 population.
“Nigeria is also among the 30 burden Drug Resistance Tuberculosis (DR-TB) countries in the world, with a drug resistance of 4.3 percent among new cases and 25 percent among treatment cases, according to World Health Organization (WHO) in 2016,” Muhammad said.
According to him, the state TB control program recorded a lot of success as it achieved 62 percent cure rate of TB cases.
He added that the success rate is 94 percent and death rate three percent.
He said TB care services was 100 percent sponsored by the state government with support of the National TB control program and development partners.
Muhammad lamented difficulty in tracing the affected community for case detection, referral of suspected cases for TB diagnosis and treatment are among the challenges facing effective campaign against the disease.
The commissioner called on people to report suspicious TB cases to the nearest health facility for early detection and treatment. Enditem