By 2035, tuberculosis should be a thing of the past in Nigeria.

The Health Minister Prof. Isaac Adewole gave the assurance on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said this during the commissioning of a key machine for diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

The event marked the installation of GaneXpert MTB/RIF machine in Kuchungoro, a suburb in Abuja Municipal Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory.

The event coincided with the recently-commemorated World TB Day.

“We started in 2011, with seven GeneXpert Machines. We have over 200 as of now and our target is to have one in every local government and that would give us about 774,” said Adewole.

 He added, "I believe with the support of partners, we can get there one day soon,” said Adewole.

 The minister said Nigeria ranks first in Africa in respect of the burden of the disease and third in the world.

 “We don’t want to continue with this type of problem, we really want to be a country where there is no TB and this would be our pride,” he added.

However, the minister noted that despite the huge challenges, the government has made progress in the control of the disease through increase in access to free diagnosis and treatment services.

About 1.8 million Nigerians died of TB in 2015.