Available statistics puts the figure of Nigerians that die of tuberculosis annually at over 156, 000 even as 18 persons die of the disease every hour and 432 others daily.
Despite the efforts of government to address the trend through various initiatives including the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme, the number of new cases remains a big challenge.
At a pre world TB day press conference in Abuja, the Executive Director, KNCV TB Foundation Nigeria, Berthrand Odume said all hope is not lost as efforts must be made to increase funding, diagnosis and treatment of the disease in the country.
Also speaking at the event, the acting Board Chairman, Stop TB Partnership Nigeria, Queen Ogbuji further reeled out indices suggesting the high burden of TB cases in Nigeria and Africa.
The theme for this year’s celebration is: Invest to END TB, Save Lives, with slogan: Give More, Do More, End TB Now.