Vietnam calls for more support from int'l community in fight against tuberculosis

09:05, May 05, 2010      

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Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan on Tuesday called for more support from the international community and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (Union) in the country's fight against tuberculosis.

Nhan made the calling at the 18th meeting of the union coordinating committee held here on Tuesday.

At the meeting, Nhan said that the inception and operation of the union meets the urgent demand to contain the dangerous disease, creating the fairness in access to healthcare services and responsibility sharing among countries in fighting against tuberculosis in the globe.

The union's activity serves as a driving force, promoting initiatives and new techniques and mechanisms in the prevention and fight against tuberculosis, according to Nhan.

Vietnam welcomes anti-tuberculosis activity of the union in the country, said Nhan.

According to the World Health Organization, about 150,000 people are found infected with the disease in Vietnam every year. A large number of them are women and living in the southern part of the country.

Source: Xinhua
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