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April 11, 2021

Romania, first in Europe when it comes to TB rates

Our country tops negative rankings in Europe. This time we are talking about the rate of tuberculosis (TB).
Approximately 30,000 Romanians are under anti-TB treatment, Romania being first in Europe when it comes to TB rates, Gilda Popescu, manager of the ‘Marius Nasta’ Institute, stated at a press conference on Monday. Likewise, our country continues to remain on 6th place in the Europe region according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The data was presented at a conference organized by the Romanian Association of TB Patients (ARBTB), in partnership with the Romanian Respiratory Society (SRP), at the ‘Marius Nasta’ Respiratory Institute.
The organizers of the event pointed out that approximately 30,000 TB patients are treated in Romania annually, according to official figures, a significant percentage of them being multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (TB MDR) and extensively drug-resistant (TB XDR) patients. In this context, the Romanian health sector continues to be under-financed, despite the fact that the National Health Strategy 2015-2020 stipulates the significant hiking of the budget for TB control. For 2015, the national strategy estimated the need of ensuring a budget of EUR 60 M, but the sum earmarked from government and external sources was much lower than that, the aforementioned sources showed.
According to Florin Mihaltan, President of the Romanian Respiratory Society, tuberculosis patients and the National Programme for TB Control continue to be a top priority in the strategy of the organization he leads.

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