TB mortality rate reduces by 60%
By MAIMBO MWEEMBA
Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Kennedy Malama says Zambia’s tuberculosis (TB) mortality rate has reduced by 60% in the last two decades.
He says TB mortality declined by 30 percent in 2020, adding that this achievement is just five percent short of the 35 percent landmark set out in the World Health Organisation (WHO) global end TB strategy milestone towards ending the TB epidemic in the world.
Dr Malama said this in a speech read on his behalf by Dr Andrew Silumesi, Director of Public Health during the dissemination of TB mortality study meeting in Lusaka.
Speaking at the same meeting, USAID Zambia Health Office Deputy Director Elisa Adelman said her organization remains committed to working with the Zambian government and other partners to combat and eliminate TB.
Ms Adelman explained that supporting important data driven reports such as the TB mortality study will ensure the latest data guides actions towards combating and eliminating TB.