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68,000 People in Pakistan Lose Their Lives Every Year Due to Tuberculosis

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on March 21, 2011 at 8:45 PM
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 68,000 People in Pakistan Lose Their Lives Every Year Due to Tuberculosis

Statistics reveal that about 68,000 people in Pakistan have to lose their life due to tuberculosis (TB) as an untreated patient transfers this infection to an average 10-15 people. Carelessness, negligence and lack of awareness about tuberculosis lead to complication of the disease known as 'Multi Drug Resistant-Tuberculosis'.

On the occasion of World Tuberculosis Day on Saturday the secretary of health, Hashim Raza Zaidi, revealed that Pakistan has about 700,000 tuberculosis patients. It is estimated that in the Sindh province itself there are about 1,000 treatment centers and 272 diagnostic centers which provide free medicines. The government has set up an anti-tuberculosis program costing about Rs. 213 million in the Sindh province.  

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