Togo determined to better fight tuberculosis

Monday, 19 December 2022 11:18
Togo determined to better fight tuberculosis

(Togo First) - Lomé recently hosted the 7th annual meeting of the network of anti-tuberculosis programs in West and Central Africa. The four-day meeting started on December 14 and gathered 150 anti-tuberculosis experts from nearly 30 countries.

"We meet to discuss developed projects, assess progress and challenges, and plan for next year, said Prof. Dissou Afolabi, a microbiology expert and executive secretary of the Network. "Tuberculosis is a major public health issue, affecting the most productive segment of the population. If we do not invest in the fight against tuberculosis, we cannot have results at the economic level. That is why we have established this network since 2015 to develop strategies, share experiences and make resolutions to improve the fight in our space," the expert added.

Thus, the meeting’s main goal was to draw strategies that will help Togo better fight tuberculosis. It was launched in the presence of Midamegbe AKAKPO, Director of Cabinet of the Togolese Ministry of Health.

Tuberculosis is a major health issue in Togo. According to WHO, the incidence of the infectious disease was estimated at 36 cases/100,000 population with a mortality of 3.6 cases/100,000 population.

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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