World Tuberculosis Day: WHO raises concern over deadly disease


The World Health Organization, (WHO), has raised concerns over the continuous spread of Tuberculosis, (TB), warning that the disease remains one of the deadliest infectious killers across the world.

The health institution raised the alarm in a message on Thursday, in commemoration of the 2022 World Tuberculosis Day.

It added that each day, more than 4,100 people lose their lives to TB while close to 28, 000 people fall ill with the preventable and curable disease.

To mark the 2022 commemoration of the fight against TB, the WHO with a theme – ‘Invest to End TB, Save Lives’, called on investors to channel more resources to strengthen the fight against the disease.

Channelling resources, WHO says is important considering that the COVID-19 pandemic has put End TB efforts at risk.

The UN Agency said, before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, global efforts to combat tuberculosis saved more than 66 million lives but the progress was reversed due to Coronavirus, as fighting the new disease diverted the attention of the global community.

Research says Nigeria is ranked 17th among the 30 high TB burden countries and 2nd in Africa.

The research estimates that 407, 000 people in the country contract Tuberculosis each year.

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