SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016

Tuberculosis rates, deaths steadily decline in Kazakhstan

In the last 10 years, Kazakhstan's incidence of TB dropped by 2.2 times. | File photo

The Ministry of Health and Social Development of the Kazakhstan recently announced that there has been steady progress made in decreasing tuberculosis (TB) mortality and incidence rates throughout the last decade.

In the last 10 years, there have been 2.2 times less incidence of TB cases in the country. During the same amount of time, mortality rates have fallen approximately 5 times.

Last year, TB incidence fell by 11.9 percent. This equals 58.5 TB incidence for every 100,000 in the population, which is a significant improvement of the 66.4 TB incidence for every 100,000 in the population in 2014.

In addition, in 2015 the mortality rate declined by 22.4 percent. It now equals 3.8 for every 100,000 in the population; in 2014, this figure stood at 4.9 for every 100,000 in the population.

Experts attribute these improvements to effective treatments for patients who are newly diagnosed with sensitive TB. In 2014, just 86.4 percent of these patients received treatments, while 87.6 percent received treatments in 2015.

“Today, all regions of the country are provided with modern equipment for diagnosis of tuberculosis, including its drug-resistant forms,” a report from the ministry said. “The country has a sufficient level of necessary medicines.”

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