Senegal reports 11,734 tuberculosis cases in 2009

15:38, March 23, 2010      

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Up to 11,734 cases of tuberculosis were reported in 2009 in Senegal, including 7,887 pulmonary tuberculosis cases, a medical source told Xinhua on Sunday.

Dakar, the Senegalese capital, had 42 percent of the reported cases, Mame Bocar, the national program's coordinator in the fight against tuberculosis, told Xinhua.

According to the doctor, this situation was not only due to the density of Dakar's population, but the factors such as promiscuity.

Citing he World Health Organization (WHO), Bocar said about 110 cases in every 100,000 people were found last year in the West African country.

"In 2009, we cured about 70 percent of the estimated cases. Speaking of treatment, the objective was to cure about 85 percent of the reported figures," he explained.

According to the Senegalese health authorities, medical treatment has been intensified since 2001, with 78 percent of the patients having been cured.

Source: Xinhua
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