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The coordinating doctor of the Leprosy and tuberculosis program in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Dr Freddy Birembano reports that in 2022, more than 10,000 cases of tuberculosis have been recorded in the province of South Kivu.

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He also noted that that the people most affected are those living with HIV, displaced people, artisanal diggers and malnourished children.

Dr Birembano invites the population to get tested for free.

“We have all the assets to put an end to this disease. Tuberculosis is curable. Patients who have signs but who do not seek treatment, people who cough with or without specific signs, must seek medical care. This helps fight this disease,” he said.

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