Sunday, 12 June 2011

TUBERCULOSIS: Viet Nam: Farmers at risk of contracting tuberculosis

June, 08 2011

According to the National Committee for Tuberculosis Prevention and Control, 76 per cent of tuberculosis patients in Viet Nam are farmers.
A recent survey showed that people living in rural and densely populated areas were most at risk of contracting the disease.
The provinces with the highest rate of tuberculosis infection are Sõon La, Cao Bang, Bac Kan, Tuyeâên Quang, Vinh Phuc and Hai Phong – all in the north of the country.
Health workers say farmers are most at risk because they tend to be poor, live in polluted and humid conditions and have limited access to health care.
To help reduce infection, the Central Hospital for Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases is working with the Central Association for Farmers to raise awareness about the disease. About 50 of the association's members in 17 localities will be informed about the disease and how to minimise infection.
According to the World Health Organisation, Viet Nam ranks twelfth out of 22 nations with the highest tuberculosis infection rate.

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