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Cameroon: Tuberculosis Cases Surged 12.5% in 2021-2023, Official Data Show

Cameroon: Tuberculosis Cases Surged 12.5% in 2021-2023, Official Data Show

Paru le lundi, 25 mars 2024 10:44

In Cameroon, the number of new tuberculosis cases rose by 12.5% between 2021 and 2023, Health Minister Malachie Manaouda (photo) disclosed, on March 20, on the sidelines of the celebration of the 31st World TB Day. The number of new cases rose from 22,866 in 2021, to 25,705 this year, representing an increase of 2,839 cases.

Health Minister Malachie Manaouda (photo), seen in the accompanying photo, used the platform of the 31st World TB Day commemoration on March 20 to reveal the most recent available statistics. The Minister of Public Health, known as Minsanté, disclosed that Cameroon is projected to experience a 12.5% increase in the reporting of new tuberculosis cases between 2021 and 2023, as per official estimates. Specifically, the count of new cases has surged from 22,866 in 2021 to 25,705 this year, marking an uptick of 2,839 new cases.

Manaouda highlighted that this rise is attributed to the heightened efforts in actively seeking out new cases, surpassing previous levels. The Ministry of Public Health is actively implementing the "Active case-finding" strategy. Minister Manaouda emphasized, "This investigative approach hinges on engaging stakeholders across all tiers of the healthcare system."

Concurrently with this strategy's rollout, there has been a rise in tuberculosis instances within the nation's correctional facilities. Health authorities have identified close to 700 tuberculosis cases within prisons in 2023. The Ministry of Health openly acknowledges that prisons are a key focal point in the battle against tuberculosis.

Despite these challenges, Cameroon has achieved some positive outcomes in combating tuberculosis, notably a decrease in mortality rates. According to data released by the World Health Organization (WHO), this rate declined from 30 to 26 cases per 100,000 individuals between 2021 and 2023.

In alignment with global efforts, Cameroon is steadfast in its commitment to eliminate tuberculosis by 2035. Manaouda advocates for intensified research efforts to reach this goal while emphasizing the importance of providing effective care for patients and reducing new infections through preventive treatments.

Michel Ange Nga

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