Vietnam renews efforts to end TB

(VOVWORLD) - “Vietnam defeats COVID, ends Tuberculosis” is the main theme set by the National Programme against Tuberculosis (TB) in response to the World TB Day 2021 (March 24).

Vietnam renews efforts to end TB - ảnh 1Treating TB patient (Photo: VNA)

Associate Professor and Doctor Nguyen Viet Nhung, Director of the National Lung Hospital and head of the programme, said that the theme of this year’s World TB Day – “The clock is ticking” – conveys a message that the world is running out of time to act on the commitments to end TB.

According to the World Health Organisation, TB remains the world’s deadliest infectious killer. Each day, over 4,000 people lose their lives to TB and close to 30,000 people fall ill with this preventable and curable disease.

According to a WTO report in 2020, about 170,000 new cases are detected in Vietnam each year, of whom 70 percent are in working age. Last year, the number of new cases detected decreased by 3.1 percent year-on-year.