170,000 new TB cases uncovered in Viet Nam each year

Tuesday 23/03/2021 09:00

VGP – About 170,000 new Tuberculosis (TB) cases are detected in Viet Nam each year, of whom 70% are in working age, according to the World Health Organization.

“Viet Nam 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).

According to the World Health Organization, 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.

Last year, the number of new cases detected in Viet Nam decreased by 3.1% year-on-year.

Although the figure is quite small compared with the decrease rate of 20% globally, Vietnamese people are more aware of the prevention and control of respiratory infectious diseases.

The political system also has sufficient information about the role of the health sector in socio-economic development as well as measures to address respiratory infectious diseases.

Earlier on March 22, a text message campaign to support Tuberculosis (TB) patients was launched by the National Lung Hospital, the National Programme against Tuberculosis and the Patients Support Foundation to End Tuberculosis (PASTB) and the National Humanitarian Portal 1400.

Accordingly, from 00:00 on March 22 to 24:00 on May 21, mobile service subscribers can text TB to 1402 to contribute VND20,000 (US$0.87) to the fund.

Each message will provide funds to help TB patients overcome the disease and reduce infection risks in the community.

Ending TB would mean saving 11,000 lives each year and ease the worry of infection for hundreds of thousands of people.

At present, more than 20,000 TB patients in Viet Nam do not have health insurance cards yet. For health insurance card holders from poor and near-poor households, treatment fees are also a problem.

In 2020, Viet Nam ranked 11th among the 30 countries that account for nearly 90% of the world’s TB burden. It is also one of the most common communicable diseases in the country.

Each year, it is estimated that 170,000 people become sick from TB in Viet Nam, but only around 100,000 are accounted for in the National TB system, leaving around 50,000 community TB cases undiagnosed, and the remaining 20,000 diagnosed but not reported.

As of late December 2020, the PASTB, set up on March 16, 2018, had supported 2,560 patients, with the total amount of over VND5.7 billion (US$247,100).

By Hoang Ha

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