The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Over 52,400 TB cases registered in 3 months countrywide

KABUL: A total of 52,407 tuberculosis cases have been registered in the first three months of the current solar year across the country, the Ministry of Public Health said in a statement the other day. The ministry’s spokesman Dr. Sharafat Zaman said that tuberculosis cases have been on the surge in the first three months of the current solar year, of these 583 patients have lost their lives countrywide, according to the statement. Dr. Zaman said that based on the World Health Organization report, nearly 75,000 Afghans were infected with tuberculosis in Afghanistan each year with 56 percent women and 44 percent children and aged people. Meanwhile, Prof. Dr. Fayaz Safi told The Kabul Times correspondent that those having a weak immune system and suffering from other chronic diseases are more likely to be infected with tuberculosis. According to Dr. Safi, feelings of sickness or weakness, weight loss, fever, and night sweats as well as coughing, chest pain, and the coughing up of blood are some general symptoms of TB disease. In Afghanistan, MSF Medical Coordinator, Dr. Geke Huisman by pointing to the challenges facing TB patients in the country said: “In a country like Afghanistan, where people are struggling to afford basic food items, travel expenses and medical fees for hospital, being able to treat people with drug-resistant TB within 6 months instead of up to two years with the older treatment regimens would be a blessing.” According to Geke, access to affordable diagnostic tests remains a major challenge in Afghanistan and other countries in this region because of the high prices of tests, asking governments, donors and pharmaceutical corporations to act to ensure an affordable supply of these critical tests and treatments for TB, so that more lives can be saved. Polluted air, living of many people in small rooms and the weakness of the human body’s defense power are considered to be the reasons why tuberculosis, which is a contagious disease, is quickly transmitted from one person to another. Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious illness that mainly affects the lungs. The germs that cause tuberculosis are a type of bacteria. Tuberculosis can spread when a person with the illness coughs, sneezes or sings. This can put tiny droplets of germs into the air. Another person can then breathe in the droplets, and the germs enter the lungs. Tuberculosis spreads easily when people gather in crowds or where people live in crowded conditions. People with HIV/AIDS and other people with weakened immune systems have a higher risk of catching tuberculosis than people with typical immune systems. Drugs called antibiotics can treat tuberculosis. But some forms of the bacteria no longer respond well to treatments. Tuberculosis is still one of the diseases that kill many people in the world. TB treatment centers show that every 22 seconds a patient dies of tuberculosis. Mokhtar Sa

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.