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`Top priority for poverty eradication'

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, March 25

THE Kerala Government proposes to dovetail its efforts aimed at eradicating poverty with tuberculosis prevention programmes in the State, according to the Chief Minister, Mr A.K. Antony.

Delivering the inaugural address at a State-level function here to mark the World TB Day, Mr Antony said poverty eradication is a pre-requisite for preventing TB as poverty and malnutrition have been identified as major causative factors leading to full-blown cases of the degenerative ailment in the tribal and coastal areas of the State.

The State Government would take all possible steps to scale up the efficiency of the TB programmes being taken up in the State, he added.

According to Mr P. Sankaran, Minister for Health, the Government intends to take up all projects in the health sector in a time-bound manner.

More and more people are coming forward seeking medical consultancy and treatment in what is being seen as representative of the increased level of health awareness. The increasing presence of private hospital chains in the State is also aiding the sentiment.

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