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TB Kills Over 162,000 Nigerians Annually, Thoracic Society Says by Rickbronz(m): 2:38pm On Mar 24
The Nigerian Thoracic Society (NTS) has revealed
that tuberculosis kills over 162, 000 people in
the country annually.
The President of the Society, Prof. Prince Ele,
who disclosed this in a press statement issued
to newsmen in Uyo, on Wednesday, added that
no fewer than 430, 000 people also fall ill with
the disease in the country.
He said that Tuberculosis remained the world’s
deadliest infectious killer and global efforts to
combat the disease had saved millions of lives
in Nigeria and globally since the year 2000. Ele lamented that in spite of strong
commitments made by world leaders, all efforts
to end the disease had been overtaken as
countries grappled with COVID-19 pandemic.
He said that the theme of World TB Day 2021,
“The Clock is ticking” was quite apt, considering
the current global health and economic
The NTS president urged government at all levels
in the country and other world leaders to ensure
that TB received the necessary attention as the
world’s number one infectious killer disease.
“We in the Nigerian Thoracic Society are not
oblivious of the current challenges our health
authorities are contending with due to COVID-19.
“We encourage full participation of our members
in all local awareness campaign; we emphasise
the need to constantly observe all COVID-19
preventive protocols,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that
the World TB Day is celebrated every March 24,
to raise awareness about the health, social and
economic consequence of the disease and to
step up efforts to eliminate the disease. (NAN)


Re: TB Kills Over 162,000 Nigerians Annually, Thoracic Society Says by paulemmy19(m): 3:05pm On Mar 24
And covid have got more attention than TB.

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