FIJI has seen a decrease in the number of tuberculosis (TB) cases in the past 30 to 40 years because of better treatment methods and more people discussing the issue openly and getting treatment for it.
In the past, 220 people in every 100,000 suffered from TB in Fiji. Now only about 24 in every 100,000 develop the disease. It was also insinuated that if Fiji keeps HIV/AIDS numbers to a minimum, this would also reduce the risk of people in the country contracting and eventually developing TB.
This was discussed at yesterday's celebration of World Tuberculosis Day by medical officer at the TB Clinic, Dr William Kaitani.
"In places where you have a lot of HIV cases, you'll have a lot of TB as well — that's the case in Africa — there's a lot of HIV — three quarters of dual infection of HIV/AIDS.
"Because it weakens our immunity system, because even if you get TB and you get rid of it, then get HIV, you have a higher chance of getting it again because HIV destroys our immunity."