NTBLCP: 18 Nigerians die of Tuberculosis hourly



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The National Tuberculosis, Burulli Ulcer and Leprosy Control Programme (NTBLCP) today said no fewer than 18 Nigerians die every hour from Tuberculosis (TB).


The Deputy Directorof  NTBLCP in the Federal Ministry of Health, Itohowo Uko disclosedd this at an integrated media parley organised by Breakthrough Action -Nigeria in collaboration with the Health Writers Association of Nigeria (HEWAN), in Lagos.

”According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) 2017 global report, TB is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide and Nigeria is classified among the 14 countries with high burden of TB. It is estimated that two out of every 1,000 Nigerians will have TB; 104,940 TB patients representing about 20 per cent of existing patients were notified to the authorities in 2017“.

”No fewer than 18 Nigerians die every hour of TB and one case of untreated TB can infect between 10 and 15 persons per year. Nigeria has the sixth highest burden of TB patients globally and first  in Africa; of the 104,904 patients notified in 2017,  63 per cent were aged between 15 and 44; the working age group is the most affected,” she said.

Uko said that the statistics were scary and called on all  stakeholders to show concern to ensure a Nigeria-free TB, reduce burden , as well as  reach zero TB deaths. On the dynamics of TB, she said that TB is spread through the air when the person with TB of the lungs coughs, sneezes, sings or talks.

According to her,  TB is curable and the patient is not termed as infectious after few weeks of treatment.

”Persistent cough of two weeks or more duration may be due to TB and needs to be further investigated. Other signs of TB of the lungs include: loss of weight when you are not trying to lose weight, drenching night sweats when others close by are not sweating like that and loss of appetite” she said.

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