World TB Day : Cases of Drug Resistant TB decline

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AIDS and TB Unit deputy director in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Dr Charles Sandy says the country’s cases of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (DR-TB) have declined significantly following the decentralisation of testing to primary health care facilities.

Dr Sandy spoke to Star FM News as Zimbabwe today marks World TB Day.

According to the latest statistics from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 20 percent of TB cases globally are estimated to be resistant to at least one of the first- or second-line anti-drugs.

This year’s World TB Day commemorations are running under the theme 'Invest to end TB, save lives.'