A tuberculosis prevention project was launched in the port city of Hai Phong on October 1. (Photo: VNA)

Hai Phong (VNA) - A tuberculosis prevention project was launched in the port city of Hai Phong on October 1 by the city’s Department of Health.

Aiming to limit the incidence of tuberculosis in the country to two in every 100,000 persons by 2025, the project, entitled "Zero TB" (ZTB), will implement a comprehensive model of care for tuberculosis patients in the three cities with the highest, average and lowest incidence of tuberculosis in the country.

They are Ho Chi Minh City (164/100,000), Hai Phong (101/100,000) and Hoi An (68/100,000), respectively, according to Dr Le Van Hoi, deputy director of the National Lung Hospital.

The project will intensify the screening for people who make direct contact with tuberculosis patients, improving the social workers’ capability and the quality of the diagnosis processes, as well as minimising the risks of recurrence, and expanding the collaboration with the National Tuberculosis Control Programme.

Within the period between 2005 and 2015, Vietnam was one of the few countries that was able to reduce the incidence of tuberculosis and deaths to below 50 percent of the total population.-VNA