Fatalities from tuberculosis (TB) may fly to about 1.4 million more people globally by 2025 as a fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.
Lockdown attendant limitations that affected effective diagnosis and TB prevention services are the causes for the likely upsurge in the number of people who may die of TB in the next five years.
The Executive Director of the Stop TB Partnership, Dr.Lucica Ditiu, said governments across the world have a tough path to navigating between the imminent disaster of COVID-19 and the long-running plague of TB
A report by the Stop TB Partnership says the figures are contingent upon a study. It reveals that the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic is having unintended consequences on tuberculosis cases.
Consequentially, an annual number of TB cases and deaths are guesstimated to increase drastically by 2025.
The Stop TB Partnership analysis shows that under a three-month lockdown and a protracted 10-month restoration of services, 6.3 million cases of TB would raise their ugly heads between 2020 and 2025, with accompanying 1.4 million TB deaths around the same time.
As of today (May 7), there have been 3,822, 295 confirmed cases of Covid-19, with about 265, 116 deaths and 103, 793 recoveries.
Tuberculosis is an aggressive bacterial infection that affects the lungs. It kills about 1.5 million people annually. The most lethal of all infectious diseases.