A meeting and a walk took place in Hanoi on Mar. 18 as part of activities in response to World Tuberculosis Day.
Addressing the event, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan said the National TB Control Programme has obtained initial results, including developing a nationwide TB control network and providing successful treatment for a large number of TB patients.

However, Nhan said the TB situation in Vietnam still poses challenges to socio-economic development programmes.

He called on ministries, sectors, social and economic organisations and people of all strata to be active in the fight against TB for the health of the community with the aim of eradicating this disease by 2030.

Vietnam ranks 12th among 22 countries with the highest number of TB patients, and 14th among 27 countries having a high burden of medicine resistant TB in the world.

The country has approximately 180,000 people infected with TB and nearly 30,000 die of the disease annually.

As many as 100,000 TB patients are diagnosed each year and 92 percent of them are cured. It is worth noting that the number of medicine resistant TB patients is estimated at 5,000-6,000 in Vietnam.-VNA