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Health Ministry Reports Success in Reducing Tuberculosis Cases in 2023

In a year-end reflection on the state of Tuberculosis (TB) in Zambia, the Ministry of Health, led by Hon. Sylvia T. Masebo, MP., has highlighted significant strides in the fight against the infectious disease. 

The comprehensive efforts made in 2023 have yielded positive results, showcasing a substantial reduction in TB cases and an improvement in diagnostic capabilities.

The Ministry’s dedication to expanding diagnostic capabilities has played a pivotal role in ensuring that TB patients receive timely and effective treatment. This commitment is reflected in the increased percentage of confirmed TB cases, rising from 49% in 2022 to an encouraging 56% in 2023.

Notably, the incidence of TB has shown a positive trend, decreasing from 307 cases per 100,000 people in 2021 to 295 cases per 100,000 people in 2022. This indicates a notable decline in the overall prevalence of TB in the country.

One of the notable achievements highlighted in the reflection is the increased number of TB notifications, with 53,156 cases reported by mid-December 2023. This surpasses the Ministry’s target of 51,000 cases, showcasing an enhanced ability to identify and notify TB cases. 

The positive surge in notifications is attributed to improved community mobilization, enhanced staff capacity to diagnose suspected TB cases, and the health facilities’ proficiency in testing for TB using available equipment.

Hon. Sylvia T. Masebo, MP., Minister of Health, expressed satisfaction with the progress made in the fight against TB, emphasizing that the increased notifications are indicative of the country’s strengthened ability to tackle the disease at various levels.

While celebrating these achievements, the Minister also acknowledged the collective efforts of healthcare professionals, communities, and health facilities that have contributed to this positive outcome. The Ministry remains committed to further intensifying its efforts to ensure the continued decline of TB cases and to enhance the overall health and well-being of the nation.

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