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Meeting in Ha Noi marks World Tuberculosis Day

Update: March, 19/2012 - 09:58


Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan joins a campaign in Ha Noi yesterday to raise public awareness on tuberculosis. — VNA/VNS Photo Duong Ngoc
HA NOI — A meeting and walk took place in Ha Noi yesterday in connection with the World Tuberculosis Day (March 24).

Addressing the event, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan said the National TB Control Programme had seen the early results of developing a nationwide TB control network and providing successful treatments on a large number of TB patients.

However, Nhan said the TB situation in Viet Nam still posed challenges to socio-economic development programmes.

He called on ministries, sectors, social and economic organisations and people of all strata to be active in the fight against TB with the aim of eradicating this disease by 2030. Viet Nam ranks 12th for the number of TB patients among 22 countries, and 14th for the quantity of medicine resistant TB cases among 27 countries in the world.

The country has approximately 180,000 people infected with TB and nearly 30,000 die of the disease annually. As many as 100,000 TB patients are diagnosed each year and 92 per cent of them are cured. It is worth noting that the number of medicine resistant TB patients is estimated at 5,000-6,000 in Viet Nam. — VNS

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