A health worker at Tuy Haa City Healthcare Centre in the central province of Phu Yen gives medicine to a man suffering from tuberculosis. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – A press competition aiming to increase public engagement in eradicating tuberculosis (TB) in Vietnam has been launched in response to the upcoming World TB Day (March 24).

With a deadline set for January 1, 2019, submissions can be in form of text or video. A text entry must be under 1,500 words, be accompanied by at least one high resolution photo, and containing five related articles in maximum. A video submission must not be longer than 10 minutes and have associated title, narrative or subtitle.

Vietnamese citizens and Vietnamese living and working in Vietnam as well as foreigners living in Vietnam are eligible to participate.

Recommended themes include examples of early diagnosis, patients’ efforts in fighting the disease, TB treatment and caring experiences, and public initiatives that work.

Writings about good examples of medical workers and social activists in the fight against TB are also welcomed.

The competition’s award ceremony is slated for March 24 next year, with lists of winner published on website of the National Lung Hospital and several popular online newspapers such as dantri.com.vn, vnexpress.net and vietnamplus.vn, along with the fanpages of the national anti-TB programme at https://www.facebook.com/CTCLQG/ and of the contest at http://bit.ly/anti-TB-contest-Vietnam.

Vietnam recorded about 130,000 people diagnosed with TB yearly, of whom about 7,000 had both TB and HIV, over 5,000 had multi drug-resistant TB, and about 300 patients had extensively drug-resistant TB. -VNA