Is Multi Drug Resistant-TB Threat to Humanity?
Kenya is one of the 22 high burden TB countries that collectively contribute about 80% of the global numbers of TB. But according to Dr. Enos Masini, the Head of the National Tuberculosis and Lung Disease Programme, efforts in the fight against TB in the last ten years have borne fruits. At least 1.4 million TB patients have been successfully treated.
However, despite the great strides in curbing the disease, the Multi Drug Resistant TB presents an even greater threat to humanity. The World Health Organization (WHO) describes it as ‘TB that does not respond to at least Isoniazid and Rifampicin, the two most powerful anti- TB drugs.’