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AIDS’ screening ordered for TB patients across Punjab

LAHORE: Punjab Health Department on Friday decided to conduct AIDS screening tests of tuberculosis patients across the province, ARY News reported. Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid while chairing a meeting decided to conduct HIV tests of all patients suffering from tuberculosis. The meeting was told that HIV testing kits had been dispatched to all TB Control Program Centers at district level and screening tests would be started from Monday. “Screening process should be completed within 30 days and no test…

FM Qureshi resolves to root out TB from Pakistan by 2030

ISLAMABAD: At the United Nations, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has reaffirmed Pakistan's full commitment to root out Tuberculosis by 2030. He was addressing the first-ever high-level meeting on Tuberculosis at the United Nations on the sidelines of General Assembly session in New York. The foreign minister said Pakistan was among the seven countries most affected by TB. However, he said by implementing Multiple Drug Resistant TB strategy, positive results have been achieved with a success rate of 65 percent,…

UN agrees global plan to battle TB ahead of first-ever summit

UNITED NATIONS: UN member-states have agreed on a global plan to step up the fight against tuberculosis, the world's number one killer among infectious diseases, settling a row with the United States over access to cheap drugs. Following weeks of tough negotiations, the text of a final declaration won approval and will be formally adopted at the first-ever TB summit on September 26, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York. In July, South Africa clashed with the United States over proposals to…

US researchers develop rapid blood test for TB

WASHINGTON: US researchers on Monday said they have developed a fast blood test for tuberculosis that could speed diagnosis and treatment of the serious and sometimes fatal bacterial infection. One of the oldest known diseases, tuberculosis, or TB, has killed an estimated billion people over the past two centuries. A bacterial infection that attacks the lungs and can cause coughing, fever, night sweats and weight loss, TB is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide today. Some 10.4 million people were sickened…