The fourth Union Asia Pacific Region Conference on Lung Health (APRC 2013) started in Hanoi on April 10.

With a focus on new technology for treating tuberculosis and lung diseases, the four-day conference attracted participants from more than 30 countries, including the US, Pakistan and Cambodia.

Tuberculosis is a growing problem in Vietnam and is affecting increasingly younger people, said Associate Professor Dinh Ngoc Sy, the conference’s president. Every year, about 3,000 cases of multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis were reported.

Vice Chairwoman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc pledged to support the health sector’s anti-tuberculosis activities, adding that the city devotes significant resources to the health sector in general, and to preventing tuberculosis and other infectious diseases in particular.

Every year about 100,000 tuberculosis cases are detected, according to health sector statistics. The World Health Organisation ranks Vietnam 12th out of 22 countries by tuberculosis cases and 14th of 22 countries when it comes to multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis.-VNA