162,000 Nigerians Die Of Tuberculosis Every Year –Group

The Nigerian Thoracic Society says more than 162,000 Nigerians are killed by tuberculosis every year.

A statement by the President NTS, Prof Prince Ele, said tuberculosis being the world’s deadliest infectious killer affects about 430,000 people in Nigeria.

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“The theme of World TB Day 2021, ‘The Clock is ticking’ is quite apt considering the current global health and economic challenges. TB remains the world’s deadliest infectious killer.

“Each year, about 162,000 people lose their lives to TB in Nigeria and close to 430,000 people fall ill with this preventable and curable disease in the country. Global efforts to combat TB have saved millions of lives in Nigeria and globally since the year 2000,” he said.

Continuing, he said,
“We in the Nigerian Thoracic Society are not oblivious of the current challenges our health authorities are contending with due to covid-19.

“We implore the health authorities to do the needful in the adequate and equitable coverage of the covid-19 vaccination program and want to remind them that TB is still the number one infectious killer disease made worse by the advent and rise in the incidence and prevalence of MDRTB across the world and as such it should continue to receive all the needed attention and the top priority it deserves.

“While we encourage full participation of our members in all local awareness campaigns we emphasise the need to constantly observe all COVID-19 preventive protocols.”

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