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Gombe records 1 988 cases of tuberculosis

30 January 2014, 18:11

Gombe - Dr Mustapha Musa, the Project Manager of Gombe State Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Centre, said on Wednesday that 1,988 cases of tuberculosis were recorded in 2013.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe that records showed a decrease in the number of such cases when compared to the 2012 figure of 19 101.

The manager attributed the decrease to the non-availability of records from the Federal Teaching Hospital (FTH) Gombe in 2013 due to incessant strikes embarked upon by its staff.

The doctor said that FTH had the highest number of people accessing the care services and that there was no record submitted to the state government during the period of strikes.

"Tuberculosis burden is still lying in the communities; people do not come to the hospital,'' he said.

He said there was an increase in multi-drug tuberculosis resistance cases where six cases were recorded in 2013 against three recorded in 2012.

Musa said a centre for the treatment of multi drug resistance TB constructed in Gombe would soon be made functional.

He further said the drugs would be supplied by the Institute of Human Virology, Abuja.

The project manager also commended the state government for releasing 2013 counterpart fund for the programme.

-  NAN


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