It’s possible to achieve Zero TB Deaths, Minister of Health

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It’s possible to achieve Zero TB Deaths, Minister of Health

Dr. Kennedy Malama, standing in for the Minister of Health during the commemoration at Chawama grounds

“In the past 18 years Zambia has managed to reduce TB incidence rate from 759/100,000 TB cases in 2000 to 361/100,000 cases in 2018 representing over 50% reduction. The TB incidence continues to drop by 4 to 6% annually, though below the desired 10% annual reduction if Zambia is to attain the goal of Eliminating TB by 2030,” says Minister of Health Dr. Chitalu Chilufya.
This was during the commemoration of the 2019 World Tuberculosis (TB) Day celebrated under the theme, “Its time: Kick out TB”.
Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) with support from the Stop TB Partnerships/TB REACH has been working with the Ministry of Health through the Lusaka District Health, to implement the ‘Scaling-Up TB prevention, screening, diagnosis and care programmes in Zambia.
The Minister said Zambia was on the right trajectory towards TB elimination, “TB and HIV programmes need to work closely and ensure no one dies from TB. We have a basis to say it is possible to achieve Zero TB Deaths because TB is preventable, TB is curable. People are dying from TB due to lack of awareness, late presentation to health facilities, we have the means to prevent and cure TB.”
Dr. Chilufya further said that, limited awareness about TB and stigma associated with the disease were principal factors that were hampering government’s effort to finding and treating all TB patients countrywide.
“This is why for this year’s World TB Day we are enlisting pupils and students in the primary, secondary, colleges and universities as ambassadors of this TB awareness campaign because it is known that children and adolescents are excellent in carrying right messages to their parents and communities. In this way we are also assured that this population will grow up knowing how to prevent TB, thus making the goal of eliminating TB in Zambia a reality,” he added.
And during a tour of the exhibition tents, Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary, Dr. Kennedy Malama commended CIDRZ for being one of the most outstanding organisation in the fight against TB and also other diseases.

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