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Tuberculosis rate decreases

Speaking after a mass celebrated at the Santo Domingo Cathedral to mark World Tuberculosis Day today, Tuesday 24 March 2015, Minister of Public Health Altagracia Guzman Marcelino announced that the Dominican Republic had made major progress in the fight against the disease. She said that 4,592 cases were detected during 2014, which is 44.2 for every 100,000 inhabitants. Guzman advised anyone with a cough that has lasted for more than two weeks to see a doctor and informed that the Public Heath system provides free treatment as well as help with food and transport.

According to National Tuberculosis Control Program director Belkis Marcelino, Santo Domingo, the National District, Santiago, San Cristobal and La Romana are still the provinces in the country with the highest incidence of tuberculosis.

Marcelino added that although the country had made major progress in the fight against the disease, with free treatment, there was still a need to maintain the pace.

A series of talks, meetings and workshops will be held this month as well as handing out brochures on TB prevention with information on how and where to seek treatment.

Many cases of tuberculosis that can be cured in the early stages go undetected because symptoms are similar to a cough.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

March 24, 2015

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