Health Wins

March 14 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s health service is now detecting tuberculosis patients faster and the infection rate of the once fatal disease is trending down, officials said. The national program hopes to decentralize treatment centers to better fight the disease where it occurs, Surakkali says.

Last year 8,000 new infections had been detected which was down from 9,000 a year before, with more people coming forward to be tested.

Treatment was also effective at 85 percent, but the rates of infection were lower in Jaffna in the North. Kandy showed the highest rate of infection, followed by Vavuniya and Colombo.

Puttalam district has the least number of cases, statistics show.

Around 66 percent of the infected are between 15-54 years, Dr Chandra Sarukkali Director of the national program for tuberculosis control said Wednesday.

Tuberculosis, caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis, is a deadly infectious air borne disease that most commonly affects the lungs.

The disease is being brought under control on the island, with better detection following widespread awareness programs and better treatment.

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