LUANDA, The World Health Organisation spoke of the need for the fight against tuberculosis to take advantage of the innovations like digital technologies.

This position is contained in a message from the WHO Africa director, Matshidiso Moeti, that reached Angop on Thursday, on the occasion of the World TB Day, 24 March.

The WHO official mentioned telemedicine and mobile health as some of the innovations that can be used for a more effective coverage.

She underlined as an example that digital radiographies can be transmitted online, enabling a remote aid and timely notification of diagnosis.

Matshidiso Moeti stated that some African countries are already using mobile phones and other devices to register and transmit notification of cases as a timely way to treat patients more efficiently.

The World TB Day is being marked this year with the same theme of last year “Unite to end TB”, in line with the UN sustainable development goals.

The note states that tuberculosis remains one of the ten main causes of death in the world, though the number of cases has been falling.

In its message, WHO mentioned the estimated 10.4 million new cases in 2015, more than one third of which remain undiagnosed and uncovered by national fight programmes.

It is estimated that one out of every four cases of TB occur in Africa that has also 16 of the 30 countries with the highest burden of the disease.