PM calls for exerted efforts to fight tuberculosis

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has urged ministries, sectors, central and local authorities to thoroughly implement the national tuberculosis prevention and control strategy.

According to the Prime Minister Telegram 25/CD-TTg of March 25, 2024, communications work is considered a long-term and important task for the entire political system from central to grassroots levels, with the healthcare sector being the cornerstone, says the telegram.

Among the several tasks assigned by the leader, chairpersons of the People's Committees of centrally-run localities are instructed to strengthen the capacity of the healthcare system in TB diagnosis and treatment, while effectively implementing community-based TB prevention and control measures.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Health is requested to complete and issue guidelines for the detection of TB, latent TB, and some respiratory diseases in the community and healthcare facilities. Additionally, there is a need to enhance international cooperation and ensure domestic resources, especially medicine.

PM calls for exerted efforts to fight tuberculosis (Illustration)

His dispatch in this regard said TB prevention and control activities have achieved commendable results in recent years. However, the annual death toll remains high, at approximately 13,000, while many cases within the community remain undetected.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO)’s 2023 report, the TB situation in Vietnam is still severe, ranking 11th out of the 30 countries burdened with the disease and the highest drug-resistant TB rate globally


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