Written Answers. - Tuberculosis Statistics.

Ivor Callely

Question:

100 Mr. Callely asked the Minister for Health the number of T.B. cases recorded for each of the years 1960, 1970, and 1990; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

The number of cases of tuberculosis recorded in my Department for the years in question is as follows:

Year

Number of Cases

1960

3,166

1970

1,397

1980

1,152

1990

624

My Department's policy in relation to tuberculosis is being examined by a working party under the chairmanship of the Chief Medical Officer of my Department. The group is examining all aspects of tuberculosis including notification, surveillance, treatment and contact tracing procedures. Their aim will be to ensure that there is an appropriate framework to deal with all problems associated with tuberculosis. I expect the group to report before the end of this year.