Nigeria Reports Historic High of 300,000 Tuberculosis Cases in 2023, Says Minister

Nigeria Reports Historic High of 300,000 Tuberculosis Cases in 2023, Says Minister

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In a significant revelation, the Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof. Muhammad Ali Pate, disclosed that Nigeria diagnosed over 300,000 tuberculosis cases in 2023, marking a notable milestone in the country’s healthcare history.

The announcement was made during the 37th STOP TB Partnership Board Meeting held in Brasilia, Brazil, where Pate addressed attendees on Tuesday, as reported by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

During the meeting, the Stop TB Partnership presented insights into the tuberculosis landscape and outlined efforts to bolster Global Fund investments in combating the disease. Nigeria, along with other stakeholders, shared insights and experiences aimed at enhancing TB control efforts.

Pate highlighted Nigeria’s progress, stating, “In 2023, Nigeria diagnosed over 300,000 TB cases for the first time in its history, closing the gap in missing cases and positioning the country to meet its 2025 National Strategic Plan objectives.”

He emphasized the country’s commitment to achieving 100% treatment coverage and expanding preventive therapy for TB, while also documenting strategic initiatives to address case-finding challenges in high-burden areas.

Pate acknowledged the crucial role of partners such as USAID, GFATM, WHO, Stop TB Partnership, CDC, DoD, and Civil Society Organizations, as well as the dedication of frontline workers in delivering TB services, even in challenging circumstances.

The Minister attributed Nigeria’s achievements in TB control to data-driven interventions, evidence-based strategies, and technological advancements, despite disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He emphasized the importance of continued support from partners and stakeholders to build on these achievements and further advance TB control efforts, aligning with global initiatives to eliminate the disease.

Pate highlighted Nigeria’s success in increasing annual TB case notifications despite the pandemic’s impact, underlining President’s efforts to transform the healthcare sector and address TB as a social justice issue.

He called for investment in the healthcare value chain and local manufacturing of medical tools to promote economic growth and foster international partnerships.

Pate invited participants to join Nigeria in sharing lessons and best practices in tackling TB challenges at a public event scheduled for July 2024.

TB, an infectious disease primarily affecting the lungs, spreads through the air and can be life-threatening if not treated promptly. Symptoms include persistent cough, fever, weight loss, and night sweats, with treatment typically involving a combination of antibiotics over several months.

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