More efforts taken to push back tuberculosis

Tuesday, 2020-03-24 18:14:08
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Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son speaks at the conference.
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NDO – A conference was held at the Hanoi Lung Hospital on March 24 in response to World Tuberculosis Day.

The event aims to call on the public to join in activities to prevent tuberculosis (TB) and lung disease.

Speaking at the conference, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son said in the past year, Vietnam has made great efforts and gained ground in the fight against tuberculosis.

Many provinces and cities across the country have completed tuberculosis (TB) treatment facilities, as well as set up TB and lung centres equipped with patient beds, TB and lung centres or departments at general hospitals, and TB or TB-HIV departments at provincial disease control centres, he said.

According to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Viet Nhung, Director of the Central Lung Hospital, under the theme “Turning the Covid-19 hazard into an opportunity for Vietnam to end tuberculosis by 2030”, this is considered an opportunity to call on the whole society to join hands to actively fight against TB.

In addition to raising public awareness of TB prevention, localities should also enhance local access to medical check-up and treatment, especially for poor people and TB and HIV patients, he added.