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World Health Organisation reports that globally, TB incidence is falling by 2 percent per year.

But still, this needs to be accelerated to a 4-5 percent annual decline to reach the 2020 milestones of the End TB strategy.

This epidemic mostly affects developing countries, including PNG, who has over the years been trying to align with the global strategy to end TB.

The more challenging in the country is the multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB). In fact, WHO confirms MDR-TB remains a public health crisis and health threat globally.

Mass TB screeing underway in Marshall Islands

It is the second phase of a project which was launched in November with an outreach awareness and registration programme for about 60 percent of Ebeye's population.

The ongoing screening and treatment phase is expected to take up to nine-weeks to complete.

The Health Minister Kalani Kaneko said the Marshalls has one of the highest rates of TB in the world and that it was time to do something about it.

The aim was to screen nearly 7000 Marshall Islanders aged 15 years and over and to treat everyone who tested positive for tuberculosis.