Zimbabwe remains committed to ensure significant reduction in new tuberculosis (TB) cases and deaths by 2030 in line with the World Health Organisation’s “end TB strategy goals”.
Manicaland Province held belated TB Day commemorations at Nedziwa Secondary School in Chimanimani at the backdrop of significant success strides having been achieved in reducing TB cases in the country.
Already a slight decrease from last year’s figure of 2 481 tuberculosis notifications to 1 071 during the first six months of this year casts positive progress says provincial affairs director in the office of the Minister of State for Manicaland Province, Mr Kennedy Mugarisanwa.
Manicaland provincial medical director, Dr Patron Mafaune said a total of 30 centres in the province conduct TB screening with three diagnostic centres, positioning the province as one of the leaders in offering facilities to control and treat TB in the country.
Chimanimani West member of parliament, Cde Nokutula Matsikenyere said more campaigns must be engaged in the fight to control TB and schools must take the leading role by introducing competitions that enhance student knowledge on the diseases.
Statistics show tuberculosis claims more than three million people globally every year.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Child Care said tuberculosis (TB) continues to be a disease of public health importance in Mashonaland East with new cases continuing to be recorded in the province.
With new TB cases continuing to be recorded in Mashonaland East, Dr Admire Kuretu who was representing the provincial medical director at an event to mark TB Day commemorations held under the theme, “Unite to End TB”, said fighting the disease requires a stakeholder approach.
Mashonaland East Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Retired Brigadier General Ambrose Mutinhiri said there is need to scale up efforts to eradicate the disease.
The province recorded 950 new cases of TB in the first half of the year with an 81 percent treatment success rate.
There were however 15 drug resistant TB cases.
This year’s TB Day commemorations are running under the theme, “Unite to End TB, Leave No One Behind’’.