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HCM City: More patients resistant to tuberculosis drugs

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    More patients resistant to tuberculosis drugs

    VietNamNet Bridge - Doctors warn that the number of tuberculosis patients resistant to drugs is on the increase in HCM City.

    Director of the Pham Ngoc Thach Hospital for Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases Nguyen Huy Dung said the number of TB patients in the city had doubled from 8,000 to 15,000 in the past 10 years.

    On average, the number of patients increases by about 2 per cent a year. Most patients are between 25-54 years old.

    Hospital statistics show that TB patients and thousands more with lung and bronchial diseases are making life a burden for the medical sector.

    Dung said that every year, about 14,000-15,000 more patients attended TB control programmes in the city. About 8,000 were new patients.

    Last year, more than half of the 100,000 people ? or nearly 1 per cent of the city's population ? who went to the TB hospital for health checks were found to have various levels of the disease. About 1,100 of them were resistant to drugs, including about 200 patients who cannot be treated with them.

    There are a total of about 700 chronic tuberculosis patients who are resistant to most drugs. Only about 50 per cent can be cured...