Nigerian Medical Association on Sunday said Nigeria had the highest population of people living with tuberculosis in Africa.
The association has therefore urged the Federal Government to prioritise the fight against the scourge, especially as it plans for the country’s centenary anniversary.
NMA President, Dr. Osahon Enabulele, stated this on Sunday on the occasion of the World Tubeculosis Day entitled ‘In my life time, Stop TB in my life time’.
Enabulele said 27,000 of 190,000 Nigerians diagnosed with the disease in 2011 died, while 84,263 new cases were recorded in 2012.
Enabulele in a statement said, “Government and other stakeholders must wake up to the reality that Nigeria has the highest TB burden in Africa and 10th largest in the world. TB deaths are unacceptable.
The pain of this fact is further aggravated by the realisation that TB is an entirely preventable and easily curable disease if simple public health regulations, hygiene practices and the treatment guidelines are strictly adhered to.”
He urged the Federal Government to invest in research activities toward finding more anti-TB vaccine, noting that this breakthrough could lead to totally eradication of the disease in Africa.
Enabulele stated, “NMA being a knowledge-based organisation whose strength lies in scientific research and knowledge dissemination, calls on the Federal Government to make the fight against TB one of its centenary anniversary projects by massively investing in TB research activities towards the discovery of the much needed anti-TB vaccine.”