Cambodia Sustains 90% Successful TB Treatment Rate Over a Decade

For over a decade, Cambodia has continued to sustain high rate of successful tuberculosis (TB) treatments � around 90 percent, thanks to increasing coverage of the best treatment of the disease so-called Directly observed treatment, short-course (DOTS).

The promising performance was brought to light during the recent closing of the national tuberculosis conference here in Phnom Penh.

As indicated by Dr. Mao Tan Eang, Director of National Centre for Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control, Ministry of Health achieved 93 percent of successful TB treatments, and researches of 34,467 cases.

TB-DOTS treatment service, he continued, has been activated in 1,306 referral hospitals, health centres and health posts and community DOTS has been introduced in 861 health centres throughout Cambodia.

Between 2000 and 2016, Cambodia has reduced death rate of tuberculosis to an average of 3.5 percent annually.

Thanks to the performance, the National Centre for Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control has been awarded with an amount of US$13.8 million from the Global Fund to enrich its services for 2018-2020.

Emerging priority of the national centre is the arrangement of TB control among migrant workers within multi-country framework, especially the areas in the Mekong sub-region.

Health Secretary of State H.E. Te Kuy Seang who presided over the conclusion of the national tuberculosis conference expressed his appreciation of the national centre's accomplishment � which actually met the target set by the millennium development goals of the United Nations.

The secretary of state also encouraged concerned health authorities to continue the high performance, so as to avoid unnecessary death among Cambodians, in particular those in rural areas.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press