Partnership between Singapore and Australia to fight against Tuberculosis

Yes..its true!!!! Singapore and Australia are joining their hands in order to prevent the spread of the dreadful disease named Tuberculosis as this is the main health problem in the region.

Both the countries will focus on the development of the vaccines that will help the adults to save them from the disease.

The news has been announced at a symposium that was organized by Singapore’s national research agency, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) and Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council.

The WHO’s (World Health Organization) data for the year 2008 estimated that around 1.3 million people died from this disease and the Southeast Asia witnessed the most number of deaths.

Residents of Singapore also suffer from the Tuberculosis and the last figure that was obtained in 2010 was 1478 out of which 60 percent were above 50 years of age. It is a matter of concern and the Health Ministry pointed out the reasons for decreased immunity could be increased global travel and a rising ageing population.

So in order to prevent more deaths, the National Health and Medical Research Council and A*Star will dig deep into the issues and will develop a S$3.5 million joint grant especially for research purpose.

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