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18 March 2020, 17:09

Tuberculosis incidence rate declines in Belarus

MINSK, 18 March (BelTA) – The preliminary results of the epidemiological survey show that the tuberculosis incidence rate has declined in Belarus, coordinator of the World Health Organization communicable diseases programs Vyacheslav Grankov told the media, BelTA has learned.

International experts studied the situation and all statistics on tuberculosis in Belarus. "We will get the final result in the next few weeks. But according to the preliminary estimates of the expert mission, the data that Belarus has provided are correct. This is a great success of our program," Vyacheslav Grankov said.

The decline rate in Belarus is higher than in the WHO European region. Statistics show that the number of new tuberculosis cases in the European region has fallen at a dramatic pace over the past decade, by average 4.3% per year. The average annual decline in Belarus over the same period was 6%, and over 5 years - more than 10%.

Ten million people got ill with tuberculosis and 1.5 million died in the world in 2018. On average, more than four thousand people become victims of this disease every day and about 30,000 get ill. The situation is complicated over the growing share of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. In 2018 a total of 484,000 people were diagnosed with multi-resistant form. At the same time, the efforts of the world community show positive results. Since 2000 some 58 million lives have been saved due to timely prevention, diagnosis and treatment measures.

Belarus will mark World Tuberculosis Day on 24 March. This year's theme is "Time to act." The WHO urges all states and organizations to make every effort to combat the problem.

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