FILE: Health Minister Dr. Joseph Kasonde (r) converses with Radiation Protection Authority (RPA) Chairperson Dr. Esther Munalula Nkandu (l) after  officiating the Inauguration Ceremony for the Radiation Protection Authority Board at Golden Peacock Hotel in Lusaka
FILE: Health Minister Dr. Joseph Kasonde (r) converses with Radiation Protection Authority (RPA) Chairperson Dr. Esther Munalula Nkandu (l) after officiating the Inauguration Ceremony for the Radiation Protection Authority Board at Golden Peacock Hotel in Lusaka

Health Minister Joseph Kasonde says Tuberculosis -TB- remains a huge public health challenge to the health system in Zambia and that it has continued to cause enormous health challenges.

Dr Kasonde says over 6-hundred per 1-hundred Thousand adult Zambians have TB.

The Minister said this during the launch of the First ever Zambia National Tuberculosis Prevalence Survey Report.

Dr Kasonde disclosed that TB prevalence is higher among males and people living with HIV especially those aged between 35 and 44 years.

He explained that HIV prevalence is 4 times higher among individuals with confirmed TB than those without and that this provides further evidence to support integration of TB/HIV interventions.

The aim of the survey was to estimate the prevalence of TB and HIV infections in the Zambian adult population.

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