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    MOSCOW, March 19, 2004. (RIA Novosti) - TB situation in Russia has become stable in the last 2-3 years and its certain improvement is envisaged, Mikhail Perelman, the chief TB specialist of the Russian Health and Social Development Ministry, told a press conference in RIA Novosti. It is timed to World TB Day celebrated on March 24.

    "However, the situation is tense and requires special attention of doctors and society as a whole," he said.

    According to Perelman, in 2003 Russia had 118,000 TB patients.

    "We need coordination of social, state and medical institutions' efforts to fight TB. First of all, living standards should be improved," said Natalia Antonova, a representative of the Russian Health Ministry.

    According to her, "all medical institutions are provided with anti-TB medicines, mainly from the federal budget." "In 2003 the rate of TB cases went down in all federal districts," she concluded.

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