Mar 23, 2018 Entertainment Comments Off on Number of tuberculosis patients in Taiwan falls below 10,000
Taipei, The number of tuberculosis (TB) patients in Taiwan fell below 10,000 for the first time last year, the head of the Ministry of Health and Welfare said Friday.
Speaking at an event to mark World Tuberculosis Day, which falls on Saturday, Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (???) said the figure reflected government efforts to control and treat tuberculosis, which have improved dramatically over the past decade.
According to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) statistics, the number of TB patients in Taiwan has been on a steady decline since 2005, dropping from 16,472 that year to 13,237 in 2010, and 10,328 in 2016, before falling further to 9,754 in 2017.
Ruling Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Wu Yu-chin (???), who was at the event in Taipei, said the majority of patients suffering from TB in Taiwan are mostly elderly people.
She argued that the government must strengthen efforts to control and prevent the disease, especially in long-term care centers for seniors, to prevent a repeat of the Lungfatang (???) scandal.
Lungfatang, a psychiatric care facility based in Kaohsiung, came into the spotlight over a decade ago when multiple reports surfaced of inhumane treatment of patients and outbreaks of infectious diseases, which resulted in people dying.
Stamping out tuberculosis is a long-term goal, and Taiwan still has a way to go, Wu said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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