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120,000 annual TB cases worry expert

By Demola Akinyemi

Ilorin —  A medical expert, Dr. Busayo Agbana, weekend, expressed concern over the rise of tuberculosis cases in Nigeria as about 120,000 new cases of tuberculosis are being discovered  annually, being the highest in Africa.

Tuberculosis, which he explained is an easily infectious ailment with treatments being offered free, has continued to spread as the country ranks fourth on the global prevalence rate.

Dr. Agbana, who works at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, made these revelations at the World TB Day 2010, organised by the Excellence Foundation International in Ilorin, weekend.

He said cases of the disease rose from 2.2 percent in the 90s to over 19.1 percent, currently.


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