Oman celebrates reduction in TB on World TB Day

The Oman Ministry of Information has announced that the Sultanate has seen a 15.4% decrease in TB cases with 325 in 2013 compared to 375 in 2012. Among nationals, the decrease was even more dramatic – 28.6% – with only 182 cases compared to 234 in 2012. Sputum-positive cases fell by 34.6% in the same period.

The data released in conjunction with World TB Day said the figures reflect the country's efforts to combat TB. Dr Mohammed Redha al Lawati, Head of National TB and Aids Control Programmes at the Ministry of Health, gave credit to the strong National TB and Aids Control Programmes and to the commitment to global TB control shown by the WHO and International Union against TB and Lung Disease (The Union).

The Sultanate celebrated World Tuberculosis Day with a function organised by the Ministry of Health followed by a scientific workshop in Sur.

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