Vietnam first Asian nation to reach WHO standards on TB treatment

Vietnam has helped more than 85 percent of patients recover from tuberculosis and treated more than 70 percent of diagnosed cases, making it the first nation in Asia to reach the target set by the World Health Organization.

The figures were announced at a ceremony for the Central Lung Hospital's 55th anniversary in Hanoi on Sunday. The hospital took a leading role in the control and prevention of TB and lung disease, according to Deputy Minister for Public Health Nguyen Thi Xuyen, who spoke at the event, according to Bernama.

The deputy minister said that he hoped the hospital will continue to raise international support for the nation's TB control and prevention program and will apply the latest technologies to the diagnosis and treatment of such diseases.

The hospital, founded in 1957, has successfully developed methods for the control and prevention of TB from communal to central levels. The hospital has found practical ways of combating TB in Vietnam, using 16 out of 19 WHO certified technologies to diagnose TB, Bernama reports.

The hospital was awarded the "Labor Hero" title in honor of the achievement.