Coordinator, National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Program Dr. Chukwuma Anyaike says that Nigeria is still battling with the Tuberculosis crisis with estimated 440,000 new cases recorded annually.
Dr. Chukwuma worried that besides the reported new cases, over 300,000 TB carriers are missing from treatment circle across the country with possibility of one carrier infecting a minimum of 15 persons.
Despite the scaring figures, he revealed the dangerous trend and prevalence in new babies and children in the country.
The Coordinator spoke at the opening of 2021 Annual Review Meeting on Wednesday of National Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer Control Program holding in Kano.
Dr. Chukwuma who raised concern on awareness deficit about the danger inherent in TB, said Nigeria is still harboring huge burden of the disease leading with highest burden in Africa and sixth globally.
He said despite the prevalence only 27 percent of Nigeria population are aware of the enormity of the disease.
Dr. Chukwuma said the meeting also afford the privilege of unveiling the nation’s 2021 to 2025 strategic plan and implementation toward global action of eradicating TB before 2030.