The pandemic had a devastating impact on efforts to battle tuberculosis, with TB hospitals taken over for Covid treatment and lockdowns preventing patients from coming in for diagnosis and care.
As authorities struggle to contain the novel coronavirus, experts warn that over-stretched health infrastructure is ignoring prolific killers like tuberculosis.
Countries hit hard by tuberculosis such as India and South Africa have seen resources usually allocated to diagnosing and treating TB diverted to fighting coronavirus, says the World Health Organization.
The infectious disease is re-emerging at a time when the country is in the throes of an economic crisis, threatening to overwhelm a crippled health care system. The number of reported cases increased 40 percent or more in the last year In Caracas.
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