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    Tuberculosis kills about 18 Nigerians every hour - Expert

    The United States Centre for Disease Control (US-CDC) has said that about 18 Nigerians die as a result of Tuberculosis every hours across the country.

    The US-CDC representative, Bethrand Odume Speaking in Abuja on Thursday, March 14, at the pre-world TB Day press briefing said Nigeria is globally the sixth country with a percentage of nine percent and the first in Africa after India and Indonesia with a 26% and 11% respectively.

    At the conference themed: "It's time! "To end TB in Nigeria (keep the promise! Find TB! Treat TB), Odume said Nigeria needs N147 billion to take care of Multi Drug Resistant- TB and diagnosis among others.

    Odume said the estimated cost is expected to be raised by the government, communities, private sector, international donors and also from individuals.

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    Insisting that more funding is needed in the health sector, he lamented that most of the funding for the disease cones from foreign donors and that is unacceptable and should be discouraged.

    Odume said:" To control TB in Nigeria, the sun of N147 billion has been estimated. N35 billon of that amount which is about 24 percent have been met. To be very sincere, over time, there has been an increase in funding within the national TB programme and government has actually come up to rise to its responsibilities but the gap of 75 % still remains."

    "We are looking at how to come about filling this gap. For this approach, government must be there. One missing gap in Nigeria is that the private sector is not really coming up and that is where the Stop TB partnership in Nigeria comes in," he said.

    Also speaking, the national coordinator, National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme, Lovett Lawanson said the increasing pool of drug resistant TB in the country continues to be a major threat to the control of TB.

    Lawanson who was represented by senior programme officer, NTBLCP, Emperor Ubochioma lamented that the proportion of missing TB cases among children is more worrisome, as the country was only able to notify 7% if the estimated childhood TB cases in 2017.

    "This implies that a large number of TB cases are still undetected and missing, thereby constituting a pool for continuous transmission to the disease in the community. The missing TB cases in Nigeria can be found among men, women and children with different forms of TB, including drug resistant TB. The proportion of missing TB cases among children is more worrisome, as the country was only able to notify 7%," he said.

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    Meanwhile, previously reported that The prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria has dropped from 3.0% to 1.4% within four years, the Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and impact survey (NAIIS) 2018 has said.

    The survey which was unveiled on Thursday, March 14, by the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) puts the number of people in the country leaving with the virus at 1.9 million.

    NAIIS directly measured HIV prevalence and viral load suppression, allowing Nigeria to focus on providing services to the areas with the greatest need to control the HIV epidemic. ( -> We have updated to serve you better

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