Vietnam is one of the 12 countries having the highest rate of tuberculosis (TB) patients in the world, with about 100,000 new cases are detected a year, according to Health Minister Nguyen Thi Xuyen.

Xuyen released the information at a recent conference to sum up a TB management project at general hospitals jointly conducted by the Health Ministry and the World Health Organisation.

Implemented since 2010 on a trial basis, the project aimed to improve diagnosis and treatment capacity for doctors in Hanoi-based Bach Mai Hospital , Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City and Hue Central Hospital .

Under the project, additional 7,000 TB patients were detected and the role of private healthcare in TB control was hailed.

However, the project faced numerous obstacles such as limited expenditure and irregular training for doctors and nurses.-VNA