Thursday, September 29, 2022

WHO: COVID-19 Has Reversed Years Of Progress In Tackling Tuberculosis

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The World Health Organization (WHO) 2021 Global tuberculosis report has disclosed that the COVID-19 pandemic has rolled back global progress in tackling tuberculosis for the first time in over a decade.

According to the report, tuberculosis deaths have increased for the first time over the same period.

In a press release on Thursday, the WHO observed that the first challenge is a disruption in access to TB services and a reduction in resources.

The release also noted that human, financial, and other resources had been reallocated from tackling TB to the COVID-19 response in many countries, limiting the availability of essential services.

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In addition, the WHO stated that people have struggled to seek care in the context of lockdowns.

“This report confirms our fears that the disruption of essential health services due to the pandemic could start to unravel years of progress against tuberculosis,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

“This is alarming news that must serve as a global wake-up call to the urgent need for investments and innovation to close the gaps in diagnosis, treatment, and care for the millions of people affected by this ancient but preventable and treatable disease,” he lamented.

WHO estimates that some 4.1 million people currently suffer from TB but have not been diagnosed with the disease or have not officially reported to national authorities.

The world body says the figure is up from 2.9 million in 2019 and revealed that its modelling projections suggest the number of people developing TB and dying from the disease could be much higher in 2021 and 2022.

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