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MENAFN - Qatar News Agency - 23/03/2014
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(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) The State of Qatar marks World Tuberculosis Day, which falls on March 24, each year at a time when the statistics indicate a decrease in cases of the disease among the citizens . The celebrations this year features spreading awareness about the disease and informing citizens and residents on ways to prevent the disease through lectures , meetings and awareness publications that are distributed in different languages. The Supreme Council of Health (SCH), in collaboration with Hamad Medical Corpoeration (HMC), orgainzed a seminar today with the participation of about 120 doctors from various health institutions. The seminar was addressed by director of the national program to combat tuberculosis Dr. Abdul Latif Al Khal, director of health protection and combat of communicable diseases at the Supreme Council of Health Dr. Mohamed Al Hajri and a number of specialists. The national program to combat tuberculosis in Qatar is among the most successful national programs in the region where it provides better medical and nursing services, free medicines as well as all laboratory analysis. The World Health Oranization (WHO) launched a global call for the discovery and treatment and to achieve healing for all TB patients , where the organization explained that among the nine million people in the world are infected with TB every year there are one-third of this number / 3 million / are not informed of their public health systems .World Tuberculosis Day World Tuberculosis Day is a worldwide event that aims to raise public awareness of tuberculosis and the efforts made to prevent and treat this disease. This event is held on March 24 each year and is promoted by organizations such as the World Health Organization. World TB Day is also an opportunity to raise awareness about the burden of tuberculosis (TB) worldwide and the status of TB prevention and control efforts. It is also an opportunity to mobilize political and social commitment for further progress. Progress towards global targets for reductions in TB cases and deaths in recent years has been impressive: TB mortality has fallen over 40% worldwide since 1990, and incidence is declining. New TB tools such as rapid diagnostics are helping transform response to the disease


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