Over 530,000 cases of Tuberculosis Recorded in 15 Years

Some 530,000 cases of Tuberculosis have been recorded in Cambodia during the past 15 years, pointed out Dr. Mao Tan Eang, Director of National Center for Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control at the closing ceremony of Annual Joint TB Program Review held here yesterday afternoon.

The TB mortality rate fell from 157 cases among 100,000 population in 1990 to only 58 in 2014, said Dr. Mao Tan Eang, adding that the prevalence went down from 1,670 to 668 among 100,000 population for the same time line.

These are the decreases of about 60 percent against the set objective of 50 percent - thanks to the hard work of the national team, he stressed.

H.E. Prof. Tan Vouch Chheng, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Health, who presided over the event, recommended all relevant officials and partners to do their upmost to combat tuberculosis by promoting service provision, research and treatment, especially for high-risk groups.

The World Health Organization has acknowledged Cambodia as a country that achieved the millennium development goal in fighting tuberculosis. The country was among Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India, Myanmar, Pakistan, Uganda, the Philippines, Vietnam and Zimbabwe that obtained such accomplishment.

Source: AKP