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North Central Province recorded 4,000 TB patients in last decade

The number of patients suffering from tuberculosis, leprosy and dengue has been increased in the last year in the North Central Province (NCP), NCP health sources said.

The number of TB patients detected between 2009 - 2018 has been 4,000. A survey has revealed that there has been an increase of tuberculosis patients in the NCP in 2018 as well.

Apart from TB patients, 91 and 40 lepers were detected from Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa in 2018.

The provincial Health Services Department sources said 1,555 lepers had received treatments in the NCP for last 10 years. Leismaniasis and leptospirosis are also increasing in the province.

In 2018, about 512 leismaniasis patients were detected in Anuradhapura whereas 248 were detected in Pollonnaruwa.

The number of leptospirosis patients in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa is 148 and 154 respectively. The number of dengue patients detected in the NCP in 2017 was 3,306 but this figure has decreased to 923 in the following year.

A spokesman of the Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Ministry told Daily News that TB has infected 1/3 of the world population.

The Healthcare information sources reveals that about 9,000-10,000 T patients are found annually in Sri Lanka between age group of 15-55 years.

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