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Cancer remains a global pandemic

03 October 2013, 14:04 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Dr. Ikushi Onozaki, the TB Monitoring and Evaluation (TME) Medical Officer with Global TB Programme (GTB), has said that cancer is still a global problem affecting 8.7 million people.

Addressing medical stakeholders during the 3rd Kenya International Scientific Lung Health Conference, Dr. Onozaki said they established the 2006-2015 Global Task Force on TB Impact Measurement Programme in collaboration with World Food Organization (WHO) to reduce TB prevalence and mortality rates by half.

Ikushi Onozaki

"Our 2012 TB Survey yet to be launched officially shows that all forms of cancer globally stand at 8.7 million whereby the infected women population is 2.8 million and 50 000 thousand for children," said Onozaki.

"To reduce the rising TB rate to meet the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDG), we set up a Global Task Force to look into data surveillance in implementing the health system, the prevalence survey measurements to produce robust, rigorous, widely endorsed assessment to half and reverse the incidence rate," he added.

Onozaki said they devolved three areas of work in the Task Force including a national TB prevalence survey in 22 global focus countries, strengthening surveillance of TB cases and deaths in all countries, and periodic review and revision of methods used to translate surveillance and survey data on the disease.

Dr. Jeremiah Chakaya, the KEMRI Chief Research Officer said TB poses a major problem to East African population.

Chakaya urged people to stay away from TB risk factors such as under-nutrition, alcohol abuse and cigarette smoking, exposure to both HIV infection and diabetes.

He also called on the public to act immediately after detecting TB infections for early treatment and control before it spreads in the body.

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