The United States Government has approved over $US700,000 to target one of three tuberculosis "hot spots" in the U.S.-affiliated areas of the Pacific.
A mass screening of the population of 12,000 on Ebeye Island to detect and treat tuberculosis (TB) is anticipated later this year as a first step in a new effort to reduce the high rate of TB in the Marshall Islands.
Marshalls health officials and representatives of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control see this major screening effort as a way to dramatically reduce the problem on Ebeye.
Our correspondent said if the program on Ebeye is successful, they will look to a similar strategy for Majuro, where half the country's 55,000 population resides and where TB is rampant.
A U.S. Centers for Disease Control official said the three TB "hot spots" in the U.S.-affiliated Pacific are Ebeye, Majuro and Weno, the capital of Chuuk state in the Federated States of Micronesia.