Drug-Resistant TB on the Rise in Asia: WHO
March 24, 2009
Ahead of World TB Day, World Health Organization officials on Monday urged Asian governments to enhance their TB control programs, particularly given the growing threat of drug-resistant strains of the disease.
This can be seen in the Philippines and to some extent in China, where many TB patients resort to "self-medication" without receiving proper medical guidance, allowing TB bacilli to survive, said van Maaren. In contrast, Vietnam and Cambodia have lower rates in part because they have good control programs and also because powerful TB drugs were only introduced in those countries in the past decade, "so the TB bacilli did not have time to develop resistance," he said.
Shin Young-Soo, WHO's regional director, said that despite gains achieved by using recommended control strategies, effective TB control has been slowed due to health care infrastructures weakened from inadequate resources and chronic staff shortages.
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