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Tubercolosis rate goes down: government

The rate of tuberculosis in Cambodia has decreased by 38 per cent since 2002, Ministry of Health officials said on Friday.

Mao Tan Eang, National Centre for Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control director, said that this year, 63 people died from the disease, but that Directly Observed Therapy, the WHO-recommended strategy for TB control, checks most of the thousands of cases seen yearly.

DOT, which attempts to standardise TB detection and treatment, will continue to be a central strategy as the goverment pushes to eliminate TB in the country by 2020, he said.

“TB is still spreading, especially in prisons and rural areas far away from health centres,” he said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sen David at david.sen@phnompenhpost.com

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