Uganda meets the MDG on TB

Uganda has met the Millennium Development Goal target on Tuberculosis.

This is after the country registered a tremendous decline in the number of TB patients.

According to ministry of health the number of Ugandans having TB has reduced from 88,500 to 64,000

The ministry’s permanent secretary Dr. Asuman Lukwago says the country has halved the number of people dying due to Tuberculosis in the last 12 years from 9,900 in 1990 to 4,700 in 2012.

Uganda has met the Millennium Development Goal target on Tuberculosis.

This is after the country registered a tremendous decline in the number of TB patients.

According to ministry of health the number of Ugandans having TB has reduced from 88,500 to 64,000

Lukwago notes that of the estimated 65,000 Ugandans who developed Tuberculosis in 2012, almost two-thirds were diagnosed given treatment and registered a 77% treatment success rate.

He attributes this achievement to the re-establishment of the National TB/Leprosy Program.

Tuberculosis falls under MDG 6 which sets out to combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other infectious diseases by 2015.

Lukwago notes that of the estimated 65,000 Ugandans who developed Tuberculosis in 2012, almost two-thirds were diagnosed given treatment and registered a 77% treatment success rate.

He attributes this achievement to the re-establishment of the National TB/Leprosy Program.

Tuberculosis falls under MDG 6 which sets out to combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other infectious diseases by 2015.