Botswana is making a commendable progress in controlling tuberculosis and related health issues, Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi said on Tuesday.


In 2000, Botswana numbered among 147 United Nations (UN) member states that made a commitment to achieving a set target of eight mutually reinforcing development goals by 2015.
Among the health-related issues was Millennium Development Goal Six of Combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases including tuberculosis.
The associated target was to have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the incidence, prevalence and death rates associated with tuberculosis.
“In each of these areas (mentioned above) we have made commendable progress,” said Masisi when deliberating a speech during the World Tuberculosis Day in the city of Francistown.
Masisi said Botswana is one of the few countries in the Southern African Development Community region that have achieved the 2015 tuberculosis target.
“Our incidence, prevalence and tuberculosis related mortality have all been declining,” said the vice president, adding “however, tuberculosis remains a major public health challenge in Botswana with an estimated 10,000 people falling sick annually.”
According to Masisi, securing good health for all by improving the quality of people’s life in Batswana as well as the quality and reach of the country’s health services is a key component to the well-being of the nation.
“That is why tuberculosis treatment in our country is accessible to all,” said Masisi, noting that the government has further committed themselves to controlling the spread of other associated infectious diseases throughout the country including HIV/AIDS while alleviating the suffering of the afflicted.
Globally, tuberculosis is still responsible for the deaths of about 1.5 million people annually including women of reproductive age and children. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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