It is a statistic from the ministry of Public Health on cases recorded in 2021.
March 24 marked the world’s day for the fight against Tuberculosis.The minister of Public health, Malachie Manaouda convened the press to this effect. During the talk he explained that in 2021, 22, 850 new cases of Tuberculosis were registered during the year 2021. He further disclosed that 137 cases of Tuberculosis multi-resistance were noted.
The disease has also reached a great number of children. Statistics from the Public Health ministry are revealing that a total number of 1189 children have been touched by Tuberculosis with 316 cases followed up in the country’s different prisons.
Furthermore, during the press conference, Malachie Manaouda spoke about HIV-Tuberculosis which has witnessed a co-infection of 21%. Amidst the people infected, 96% are under antiretrovirals.
A situation which the minister described as alarming saying, ‘notwithstanding our various initiatives which helped in reducing the disease’s impact nationwide, the country is still in a serious worrying situation,’.
He goes further saying that there still exist a lot of challenges the country has to overcome. Amidst them, diagnostic equipment upkeep with that of laboratories; underscoring the necessity of notifying cases.
“It is only with a combined force of State’s and non-State’s stakeholders with other experts that we can definitely tackle Tuberculosis by 2035,” explained the minister of Public Health.