On the occasion of World Tuberculosis Day, The Health Department of the Tibetan Government in-exile here has launched a mass-based Tuberculosis Control Program.
The program is as per the guidelines spelt out in the revised National Tuberculosis Control Program of the Government of India.
"The entire Tibetan community throughout India and Nepal will rededicate to fight the disease," said Paljor Tsering Chope, Health Minister of Tibetan Government in-exile.
The aim of launching the program has been to highlight the seriousness of the ailments caused due to tuberculosis and create mass awareness about the preventive measures.
While tuberculosis is found predominantly in developing countries, the XDR-strain has been reported in both rich and poor nations, partly because developed economies have better screening and diagnostic technology to identify it.
According to experts of the World Health Organisation (WHO), people with weakened immune systems face the biggest risks from highly drug-resistant tuberculosis.