Coinciding with World Tuberculosis Day, the Ministry of Public Health says 9,800 people have died of tuberculosis in Afghanistan in the past year.
The Acting Minister of Health, Wahid Majrooh, on Wednesday at a meeting on the occasion of World Tuberculosis Day, entitled “Time is passing, let’s take care of every tuberculosis patient” called tuberculosis one of the ten leading causes of deadly diseases in the world.
Majrooh stated that the purpose of celebrating this day is to renew the commitment to eradicate tuberculosis in the country, as well as to appreciate the work and efforts of health personnel and Afghanistan’s international partners who have worked with the country to fight the disease.
The Acting Minister of Health stressed that last year, despite the outbreak of the coronavirus and its restrictions, about 73,000 people in Afghanistan became infected with tuberculosis.
He noted that the Ministry of Health has been able to identify and treat more than 50,000 cases, but of these, about 9,800 have lost their lives.
US cooperation in the fight against tuberculosis
The Ministry of Health also said that a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Acting Minister Vahid Majrooh and Ross Wilson Charge d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Afghanistan.
According to the Ministry of Health, the memorandum stipulates that the United States will provide financial and technical cooperation to the Afghan health sector in the fight against tuberculosis for the next five years.
Ross Wilson also announced the continuation of his country’s cooperation with the Afghan health sector, adding that the United States is committed to financial and technical cooperation with the National Tuberculosis Eradication Program for the next five years to address the challenges facing this program.
Wilson stressed that US cooperation continues to provide the basis for treatment and diagnosis inside Afghanistan.