The number of tuberculosis (TB) patients in Kuwait has dropped to around 56 cases, according to the Ministry of Health's statistics approved by World Health Organizations (WHO) in 2015, Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health Affairs at the Ministry Dr. Majda Al-Qattan said on Monday.
She said in press remarks on the sidelines of the Ministry's celebration today of the 'World Tuberculosis Day' which was observed on March 24 every year, that the rate of tuberculosis in Kuwait ranges from 20 to 22 cases for each 100,000 people.
According to the Ministry's statistics by the end of 2015, the total number of TB patients reached 724 cases compared to 2014 when it reached 780, she said. "We Will Not Let Anyone To Suffer From Tuberculosis" is the motto of this year, she added.
Kuwait, along with Gulf Cooperation Council countries, work under the umbrella of WHO to set a comprehensive strategy to face this illness, as WHO categorizes the Gulf region including Kuwait as in the "pre-tuberculosis elimination phase", she affirmed.
WHO has set the year 2020 as the year of tuberculosis elimination in the whole world, while the Gulf region countries have put a comprehensive plan to be revised every three months through periodical meetings with the GCC health Council to follow up on the latest developments in this respect, she said.
As part of Kuwait's precautionary measures, domestic workers coming from TB- infected areas to supply a health certificate proving they are TB-free to be followed by further health checks in Kuwait, Al-Qattan said.
Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis and generally affects the lungs, but can also affect other parts of the body. The classic symptoms of active TB are a chronic cough with blood-containing sputum, fever, night sweats, and weight loss.