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WHO urges Member States to accelerate fight against TB

March 24, 2012 1:09 am

Today is World TB day and the World Health Organisation is calling on all Pacific Island states to step up the fight against tuberculosis.

WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Dr Shin Youngsoo says TB remains high with more than 1.3 million people diagnosed and 260,000 die each year from the disease.

Dr Youngsoo says countries need to strengthen their health systems to prevent the development and spread of tuberculosis.

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This year’s theme focuses on children with the slogan “I want a world free of TB”.

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