The Ministry of Public Health on the occasion of World Tuberculosis Day said that in 2021 nearly 600,000 people in Afghanistan were infected with tuberculosis.
Officials at the ministry said that with the increase of tuberculosis treatment centers in the country, the number of cases of this disease has increased by 10% compared to last year.
“Right now, based on statistics, the number of people infected with tuberculosis is 50,710, which is a 10% increase over last year,” said Noor Agha Zayed, head of the tuberculosis awareness department.
According to the Ministry of Public Health officials, there are 852 free tuberculosis treatment centers across the country and the ministry is calling on international organizations to assist Afghanistan in the fight against the disease.
“We call on the international community to work with the Ministry of Health to fight tuberculosis,” said Bismillah Khan, director of tuberculosis control at the Ministry of Public Health.
Meanwhile, doctors say that if this disease is not diagnosed and treated, it is fatal.
“We have started new plans and we have plans to address last year's challenges," said Khan Mohammad Mangal, head of the tuberculosis control center at the Ministry of Public Health.
“Children get the disease because of malnutrition, migration and parental neglect,” said Naimullah, a doctor.
According to statistics of the Ministry of Public Health, the rate of tuberculosis treatment in Afghanistan has now increased to 95%, which has led to a reduction in deaths from the disease in the country.