'Nigeria's neglected cases of tuberculosis is as high as 50%'

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This is five years ahead of the 2030 deadline set by other countries.

Recently the government has announced that it is on a mission to abolish tuberculosis from the country by the year 2025. This needs to accelerate to a 4-5% annual decline to reach the 2020 milestones of the End TB Strategy. According to the latest data by the Global Tuberculosis Report 2017, 27 Lakh new cases of TB were reported 2016.

The notification rate of TB is now around 60 cases per 100 000 people in the population, representing a sharp 90 per cent reduction as compared with the figures in the 1950s and 1960s. It further notes that seven countries - India, Indonesia, China, Phillippines, Pakistan, Nigeria and South Africa - account for 64 per cent of the total TB-related deaths.

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The study, which places particular focus on multi-drug resistant TB among both new and previously treated patients, stated that a high number of MDR-TB patients were resistant to a class of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolone.

Experts from South Reading Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), TB specialist nurses from the Royal Berkshire Hospital and the borough's public health team will be at Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, between 11am and 2pm and at Battle Library, Oxford Road, Reading, between 1pm and 3pm on Thursday, March 22, to give advice.

An estimated 600,000 people every year develop a resistant form of TB that requires an arduous, poorly effective, two-year treatment that involves eight months of injections, 15,000 pills, and harsh side effects, including deafness, psychosis, and neuropathy.

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Kenya also ranks high in the list of the 30 countries that carry the highest burden of tuberculosis in the world. "By supporting patients and embracing them in that state, we will help them recover faster and contribute positively to the economy as they recover and resume their normal lives", she said.

The application has reportedly been endorsed by Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) and World Health Organisation (WHO). TB patients in Kyrgyzstan who are unable to adhere to treatment can be involuntarily isolated and subjected to a large fine. When someone with lung TB coughs, sneezes, or spits, they can spread the infection.TB germs can remain in the air for up to six hours, making people in overcrowded areas especially susceptible.

The world is losing the battle against tuberculosis (TB), which remains the deadliest infectious disease despite being curable. In Kenya, TB patients were imprisoned for not adhering to their TB treatment, a practice a court in Kenya ruled unconstitutional. Living in poverty makes you more likely to get TB, and getting TB makes you more likely to be pushed into poverty (or deeper into it). "Prevalence of MDR TB is nearly 4-7 per cent", said Dr Salil Bendre, Chest Physician, Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital. This will prevent the TB bacteria from spreading. "TB mainly affects the poorest of the poor and every step taken towards the elimination of this disease is a step towards improving the lives of the poor", he had said.

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