Tuberculosis reduction in Laos02:45

Published on March 31, 2015

Members of the public are urged to work together to reduce the incidence of tuberculosis (TB) in Laos

Introduction: Members of the public are urged to work together to reduce the incidence of tuberculosis (TB) in Laos to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by 2015 and eradicate the disease worldwide by 2050.

Story: Director of the Tuberculosis (TB) Centre, Dr Phannasinh Sylavanh, made the call on the 133rd World Tuberculosis Day, which is observed annually on March 24. The theme for World TB Day 2015 is “Reach, Treat, Cure everyone – Reach the 3 Million”.

Interview: Dr Phannasinh Sylavanh, Director of the Tuberculosis (TB) Centre

According to Dr Phannasinh Sylavanh, TB is curable, but current efforts to find, treat and cure everyone who gets ill with the disease are not sufficient. Of the 9 million people a year who develop TB, a third do not get the services they deserve. Many of these 3 million people live in the world’s poorest, most vulnerable communities.

He said, In Laos, the Ministry of Health is urging the TB Centre to step up control of the disease as part of efforts to fulfill MDG targets.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), more than 2 billion people worldwide are currently infected with TB. An average of 9 million people worldwide contract TB every year, of whom 3 million die from the disease.

TB is a communicable disease and treatment takes many months. Patients should strictly follow doctors’ advice by taking their medicine regularly and at the right time. Correct treatment is essential to reduce the transmission of the disease.

The occasion commemorates the day that Dr Robert Koch presented the discovery of the tuberculosis bacillus bacterium to a group of doctors in Berlin in 1882.

Source: Lao National Television News in English
Broadcast on March 26, 2015