Navigation Links
WHO Calls for Greater Efforts to Fight TB

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Monday hailed the progress of governments of Western Pacific countries in fighting tuberculosis (TB), //but warned that the region needed greater effort to effectively control the disease.

The region has successfully met the WHO's 2005 target of detecting at least 70 percent of TB cases and curing at least 85 percent of infections, said Pieter van Maaren, regional adviser for the health body's TB programme.

He was speaking at a three-day WHO meeting on TB held in Malaysia's eastern city of Kuching on Borneo Island.

TB control efforts in the region were intensified following the declaration of a TB crisis in 1999 and funding to affected countries was increased.

However, despite the positive trend in eradicating TB, van Maaren warned that the region was still far from achieving its 2010 goal of reducing TB deaths by half, compared to the 2000 levels.

In recent years, over 3.5 million TB cases and nearly 300,000 deaths have been recorded in the region, he was quoted as saying in a WHO statement.

"We clearly still have a lot of work to do before we can meet the goal we have set for ourselves," he said.

He cited problems such as limited access to health services, the emergence of multidrug-resistant TB, HIV-associated TB epidemics, inadequate engagement of all care providers and lack of adequate human resources that needed to be overcome.

A rise in TB cases was due to lack of activities to address the link between the spreading of the disease and HIV, Han Tieru, WHO representative in Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore added.

"In settings such as in Singapore and Malaysia where TB and HIV share common risk factors, TB-HIV co-infection is of increasing concern," he said. "We cannot control one without controlling the other. So, we must rapidly scale up TB-HIV collaborative activities through formally established mechanism s and plans."

Health representatives from eight countries, as well as TB are present for the conference, which ends Wednesday.

Source-IANS
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Calls to combat deafness after chemotherapy
2. WHO Calls For Greater Emphasis On Combating AIDS
3. PCT Calls Upon Doctor To Delay Surgeries
4. UN Calls For More Funds For Earthquake Affected
5. MP Calls For Ban On Aspartame
6. Scientist Calls Upon Media To Retract His Work
7. CMHA Calls For Better Trained Police For Dealing With The Mentally Ill
8. US Government Calls For Better Drug Supplies
9. Report Calls For Better Implementation Of Last Wishes of Terminally Ill
10. Mixed Orientation Marriages Calls for Deeper Understanding
11. Rare Sexual Syndrome In Women Calls For More Research
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/25/2016)... Canada (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... Conventional ... pursuit of success. In terms of the latter, setting the bar too high can ... risk more than just slow progress toward their goal. , Research from ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Marne, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... awareness about the dangers associated with chronic pain and the benefits of holistic treatments, ... for individuals who are suffering with Sickle Cell Disease. , Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... MIAMI, Fla. (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Florida Trend magazine’s 2016 Legal Elite. The attorneys chosen by their peers for this ... of Florida. , Seven Greenberg Traurig Shareholders received special honors as members of this ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... , ... Topical BioMedics, Inc, makers of Topricin and MyPainAway Pain Relief Products, join The ‘Business ... to $12 an hour by 2020 and then adjusting it yearly to increase at the ... minimum wage, assure the wage floor does not erode again, and make future increases more ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Living, is proud to recognize Dr. Barry M. Weintraub as a prominent plastic ... most beautiful women in the world, and the most handsome men, look naturally ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... --  Pulmatrix, Inc ., (NASDAQ: PULM ), ... today that it was added to the Russell Microcap ... set of U.S. and global equity indexes on June ... for Pulmatrix," said Chief Executive Officer Robert Clarke ... in developing drugs for crucial unmet medical needs, and ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016  MedSource announced today that ... e-clinical software solution of choice.  This latest decision ... value to their clients by offering a state-of-the-art ... relationship establishes nowEDC as the EDC platform of ... full-service clients.  "nowEDC has long been a preferred ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition ... Chemical (Sugar, Petrochemical, Glycerin), Inorganic Chemical), Functionality (Filler, Binder, ... Forecast to 2021" report to their offering. ... excipients market is projected to reach USD 8.1 Billion ... forecast period 2016 to 2021. The ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: