Number of tuberculosis cases in Tanzania on the rise

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The number of chronic tuberculosis patients in Tanzania is increasing at an alarming rate in the country, local publication Tanzania Daily News reported.

According to the report, the announcement was made by Dr. Saitore Laizer, who represented the government Chief Medical Officer during the launch of the Tanzania Tuberculosis Stakeholders’ Union, which includes Members of Parliament, religious leaders and other institutions.

Laizer said according to tests conducted in 2018 involving 133,000 people, at least 227 were diagnosed with tuberculosis. However, this year, the country currently has a  total of 1,600 chronic TB patients.

Speaking during the union launch, Speaker of the Parliament Job Ndugai urged people to follow health experts’ advice so as to protect them from contracting the disease. He also said that more efforts are required to eradicate Tuberculosis in the country.

For her part, Chairperson of the National Tuberculosis Network, Fatuma Tawfiq said that, according to statistics, Tanzania ranks fourth in Africa with the highest number of TB patients and called for the continuation of government-stakeholder partnerships to eradicate the disease.

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