World TB Day to be observed on March 24

KARACHI: Like other parts of the globe, the World Tuberculosis (TB) Day will be observed on 24 March 2019 in Pakistan to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of TB, and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic.

Various health awareness events about TB will be held in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and other cities of Pakistan. In these, program people will be guided how to treat TB.

The date marks the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the bacterium that causes TB, which opened the way towards diagnosing and curing this disease.

TB remains the world’s deadliest infectious killer. Each day, nearly 4500 people lose their lives to TB and close to 30,000 people fall ill with this preventable and curable disease. Global efforts to combat TB have saved an estimated 54 million lives since the year 2000 and reduced the TB mortality rate by 42%. To accelerate the TB response in countries to reach targets – Heads of State came together and made strong commitments to end TB at the first-ever UN High Level Meeting in September 2018.