Private, public hospitals coordinate to prevent tuberculosis

Thirty medical facilities in Ho Chi Minh City have agreed to join in the tuberculosis prevention program, said Nguyen Tan Binh, director of the Department of Health, at a meeting on March 19, to assess coordination between private and public hospitals in fighting the disease.

In 2011, with the support of PATH--an international nonprofit organization that transforms global health through innovative methods--residents in Districts 8, Binh Tan, Thu Duc and Binh Chanh came to private and public medical facilities to have check-ups, and receive free tuberculosis tests.

By joining hands, private and state hospitals have contributed greatly to early discovery of the disease resulting in a higher rate of people receiving treatment.

Last year, 12,672 people were tested and 3,950 of them were discovered to have bacterium and received gratis treatment.

By H.T.K – Translated by Uyen Phuong

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