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Nepal: Campaign to Curb TB Infection Among HIV Infected Launched

December 5, 2012

The government of Nepal recently began a national campaign to prevent persons with HIV infection from contracting TB by distributing isoniazid, an anti-tuberculosis drug, to HIV-infected persons. The program began at the Western Regional Hospital, in Pokhara. Praveen Mishra, the Ministry of Health secretary, stated that the government initiated the campaign to fight TB infection among HIV-positive persons because they are very vulnerable to TB, and there has been an increase in such persons succumbing to TB. Mishra also explained that the campaign was started simultaneously at other main hospitals in the country, including Bir and Teku Hospitals in the capital and Seti Zonal Hospital.

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