Fight against tuberculosis: 86% of patients on treatment recover in Côte d’Ivoire

Dr Eugène Aka Aouélé, Minister of Health and Public Hygiene. (Photo: DR)

” The clock is turning “. This is the theme of the 26th World Tuberculosis Day (Jmlt) celebrated this Wednesday, March 24, in countries around the world. In a statement relating to the event, the Minister of Health and Public Hygiene (Mshp), Eugène Aka Aouélé, immediately indicated that tuberculosis continues to have devastating repercussions on populations at the scale global, despite the efforts of governments.

The Minister noted with satisfaction that the treatment and the quality of patient follow-up are stable in Côte d’Ivoire with an 86% cure rate. 99% of patients co-infected with HIV / AIDS are also on antiretroviral treatment (Arv).

The World Health Organization (WHO) report indicates that around 10,000,000 people had tuberculosis last year. 1,200,000 died of it, or 12%. About 24% of the sick are in Africa. “With regard to Côte d’Ivoire, we noted a stabilization of the notification around 21,000 from 2017 to 2019 (…). In 2020, the number of notified cases fell by 7% and the death rate increased by 2% compared to 2019, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, ”noted Aka Aouélé.

This situation, continued the minister, led the supervisory authority to adopt vigorous measures. These measures taken very early, in May 2020, through a contingency plan to reduce the impact of Covid-19 focused on local communication by community health workers and the building of trust and insurance through the distribution of protection tools to health personnel and patients.

Regarding the theme of the 26th Jmlt: “The clock is ticking”, Aka Aouélé maintains that it is intended to increase the pressure on the public authorities to accelerate the establishment of strategies and adequate funding for elimination. tuberculosis. “The government wishes to reassure the population that our country’s commitments are being honored,” said the minister.

The 2021 edition of the Jmlt will be furnished by decentralized activities in all health regions of Côte d’Ivoire. These celebrations are led by the regional prefects and the regional and departmental directors of health.

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