The Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan MP spoke in a House of Commons debate about drug-resistant tuberculosis

CHESHAM & AMERSHAM’S MP CALLS FOR URGENT ACTION TO TACKLE GLOBAL CRISIS OF DRUG-RESISTANT TUBERCULOSIS

The Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan, MP for Chesham & Amersham, called for urgent action to tackle the global crisis of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) during a House of Commons debate on Thursday 7 June.

“ The importance of disease surveillance and the availability of accurate diagnostic tests are vital,”  Dame Cheryl told MPs.

“The number of cases of extensively drug-resistant TB has increased four-fold in the last four years, showed by figures released by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in March 2018.

“ In 2016, some 3.8 million cases of TB were never formally reported, going completely undiagnosed or at risk of being treated inappropriately.”

Dame Cheryl is calling on the government to participate in a high-level United Nations meeting in September to address these concerns.

Reflecting on her speech at the recent plenary session of the Council of Europe, where Dame Cheryl represents the United Kingdom, the MP said that more than 900 new cases are registered every day, with Europe being affected by one in five of the multidrug-resistant TB cases.

“ It is of particular concern that 45% of cases affect young people,” said Dame Cheryl.  “ If one statistic brought me up and should make every world leader take notice, it is that 700 children die every day from TB.”