In 2015, 10.4 million people fell ill with TB and 1.8 million
died from the disease (including 0.4 million among people
with HIV). Over 95 per cent of TB deaths occur in low- and
middle-income countries.
The Delta State government has announced the creation of
81 centres for the diagnosis and treatment of
tuberculosis.The State Commissioner for Health, Dr.
Nicholas Azinge disclosed this yesterday in Asaba, the state
capital.
He said the centres became necessary following the
discovery of 20, 000 cases of persons suffering from
tuberculosis in 2016.He said they were spread across 200
government-observed and short course (DOTs) centres.
He said that the report showed that the state was among the
22 high-burden states in the country.According to Azinge,
tuberculosis has a mode of transmission, hence the state
government declared 2017 as “accelerated case-finding and
treatment” period.
He explained that before someone could develop active
tuberculosis, he would have symptoms as cough, fever,
night sweats or weight loss, which may be mild for many
months.The commissioner added that during this period,
people with active tuberculosis could infect 10-15 other
people through close contacts.


He urged any residents with cough lasting two weeks or
more to visit the centres.Azinge further disclosed that over
10 million new TB cases were estimated to occur in the year
2016, out of which three million were undetected.
“In 2016, Nigeria notified less than 20 per cent of the total
tuberculosis cases estimated for the year, implying that
there were many undetected cases in various communities.
“We had an estimated 14, 000 TB cases living with us, as
over 100 cases of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis have
been notified in the state till date,” he said.He added that
the 2016 global tuberculosis report showed that Nigeria had
the highest tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS burden in Africa and
ranked fourth on the list of countries with the disease.
Meanwhile, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has urged Nigerians
and corporate organisations to assist government in the
discharge of its duties.He made the call in Asaba when he
received a medical incinerator that was donated by the
Managing Director of Steocho Nigeria Limited, Mr. Aliu
Moses.

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