MYANMAR RECEIVES FOUR SOPHISTICATED DETECTION MACHINES

Japan provided Myanmar with four sophisticated machines to detect drug-resistant tuberculosis Tuesday, AP reported.
They were part of donation of 220 machines donated to 21 countries in Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia.
TB is one the most dangerous diseases in poor countries which causes high mortality.
UNITAID, a heath aids group formed with governments of Brazil, Chile, France, Norway and UK, made possible the contributions.
The project TBXpert would save about 62,000 lives from TB all around the world.
Myanmar ranked fourth in the TB infection rate worldwide with 525 cases per 100,000 people, compared to the global average of 178 cases.
“TB diagnosis usually takes six to eight weeks, but with the new machine we get the results in two hours,” UNITAID executive director Dr Denis Broun said.
The test used genetic evidence as indicators for diagnosing drug-resistant TB.MY

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