Like COVID-19 pandemic, Lagos, the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria, has been regarded as the epicentre of Tuberculosis in Nigeria.
This revelation was made Tuesday by the director, technical programmes, USAID Tuberculosis Local Organisations Network (TB LON 3) project, Olugbenga Daniel, while speaking during a virtual interview.
While identifying Lagos as the epicentre of Tuberculosis in the country, the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) says more than 300,000 cases are left undiagnosed nationwide every year.
Premium Times reports that Daniel argued his case of Lagos being the epicentre of the disease in Nigeria due to its population density, landscape and other factors, adding that a positive index TB patient infects 15 people annually.
Although TB is one of the vaccine-preventable diseases which is also curable, statistics from the WHO show that every year, around 245,000 Nigerians die from TB, and about 590,000 new cases occur.
Out of the 590,000 cases, around 140,000 are said to be HIV-positive.