Zim strives to achieve 2030 target of TB incidence reduction

By ZBC Reporter
GOVERNMENT says it is ready to channel more resources towards Tuberculosis screening and treatment to meet the 2030 national target of reducing TB incidences by 90 percent.
Zimbabwe is among the top eight African countries facing the burden of Tuberculosis, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) 2019 report ranking TB among the top five killer diseases globally.
In light of these statistics, the government has called for the upscaling of efforts by all stakeholders in the fight against the disease.
Speaking to the ZBC News in Harare this Wednesday, Ministry of Health and Child Care Deputy Director Tuberculosis Control, Dr Charles Sandy revealed the long term targets the nation has set for reducing TB cases.
“So far we have seen a dramatic improvement in the fight against the disease. But there is a need to channel more resources to enhance the programme. So far we have four mobile vehicles which are reaching out those who are in the rural areas,” said Dr Sandy.
Zimbabwe currently stands at 83 percent in terms of TB screening, with the exercise compulsory for people living with HIV upon visiting government health facilities.
The Global Fund has allocated 500 million United States dollars to Zimbabwe for HIV and AIDS, Tuberculosis as well as Malaria programmes that will run between 2020 and 2023.