News - Afghanistan
Every year around 12,000 Afghans lose their lives to tuberculosis, the majority of which are women, according to the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH).
The Minister of Public Health, Ferozuddin Feroz, spoke at an event marking World Tuberculosis Day, an annual event recognized internationally as an opportunity to call attention to the ongoing fight against tuberculosis, particularly in the developing world.
Feroz said on Tuesday that annually 58,000 Afghans are diagnosed with the disease, of which 12,000 to 13,000 of them are females.
"Tuberculoses is an infectious disease that can be transferred from one patient to another, but, fortunately it is treatable, and is usually caused due to poverty, lack of food and vitamins," Feroz said.
"Every year, World Tuberculoses Day is recognized, but only in words. This year, it will be different than other years, while celebrating the day, we commit to work for the reduction of the disease."
The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that Afghanistan has one of the highest fatality rates in the world when it comes to tuberculosis. The WHO and the Afghan MoPH have said they are committed to jointly working to reduce tuberculosis rates in Afghanistan.