Out of Indonesia's 583,000 tuberculosis (TB)
sufferers, 140,000 die every year, according to Health and Social Prosperity
Minister Achmad Sujudi.
The high mortality rate was the result of sufferers' negligence or failure to
undergo treatment at public health centers in their respective neighborhoods,
the minister said after closing a TB- prevention training program here on
Due to this serious condition, two years ago, the Health Ministry had launched a
national campaign to combat TB to an extent where the number of TB sufferers in
Indonesia would decrease by 50 percent within five years.
Sujudi said the government has been providing victims with free medicine through
public health centers throughout the country. The sufferers must take the
medication continuously for six months.
However, it was not easy to monitor and encourage sufferers to complete the
recovery process because many of them did not continuously drink the medicine,
the minister was quoted by the Antara News Agency Saturday as saying.
Indonesia has the third largest number of TB victims in the world after China
which has two million sufferers and India with 1. 5 million sufferers. The total
number of victims in the world was eight million. At least two million of them