By Luminous Jannamike
ABUJA—World Health Organization, WHO, has said that cases tuberculosis, TB, in Nigeria and other African countries is declining but at a pace not fast enough to meet the 2020 milestones of the End TB Strategy.
This was stated by WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, in her message to commemorate the 2019 World TB Day, yesterday.
She said, “The 2018 WHO Global Report indicates that the disease burden caused by TB is falling globally, in all WHO regions, and in most countries, but not fast enough to reach the first milestones of End TB Strategy in 2020.
“In the WHO African Region, declining cases of TB (4% per year) placed it second among all WHO regions over the period between 2013 and 2017.
“To sustain these advances, current levels of investment by national governments towards TB care and prevention must be increased as they currently fall far short of levels required to end the epidemic by the end date of the Sustainable Development Goals.
“Likewise, efforts must be made to identify and remove the challenges that are slowing down progress, as well as adopt and roll out the most cost-effective policy options and interventions.”