World TB Day 2017 theme is “Unite to end TB and HIV- South African Leaders taking Action”
South Africa: Tuberculosis remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of nearly one-and-a-half million people each year, mostly in developing countries.
The Department of Health will commemorate national World TB Day 24 March in Thaba -nchu, Free State province targeting leaders across different sectors to raise awareness and knowledge of TB including prevention and treatment amongst South Africans.
Tuberculosis (TB) like HIV and AIDS has contributed to mortality rates in South Africa. South Africa as member of the Southern African Development Countries (SADC) community working together to reduce the prevalence of TB.
The most affected groups of people affected by the TB pandemic are miners, mining communities and their families, correctional facilities, deep outlying rural areas, farming communities and their, schools, peri-mining communities and correctional services as well as early learning centres.
Deputy President Mr Cyril Ramaphosa(keynote speaker), Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, church leaders, traditional leaders, political leaders and leaders from other sectors will attend the commemoration.
Facts about TB
- TB is curable even if you are HIV positive.
- TB can be anywhere, everywhere, and everyone must screen for TB
- Take your TB treatment without fail for 6 months and be cured
- Cover your mouth with your elbow when you cough
- Open your windows for fresh air
- Wash your hands regularly
- go to your nearest clinic for screening
The event commemorates the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch astounded the scientific community by announcing that he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus. At the time of Koch’s announcement in Berlin, TB was raging through Europe and the Americas, causing the death of one out of every seven people. Koch’s discovery opened the way towards diagnosing and curing TB.
The Government of India has called upon all stakeholders to redouble their efforts for an early achievement of the goal of TB elimination.
TB continues to be one of the major health challenges of India. The country today is better prepared to fight TB than ever before. It is capable of effective intervention and possesses advanced technologies for diagnosis, treatment and care of TB. During the period 2012-2017, the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme screened over 42 million individuals and more than 7 million patients were administered treatment.