MYSORE: With more than 17,000 tuberculosis patients detected in the district between January 2003 and December 2007, combating the disease continues to receive high priority with the Mysore district administration, which observed World TB Day 2008 on Monday.
A rally was held in the city to mark the occasion and to spread greater public awareness of the disease which is said to claim more than 4.5 lakh lives in the country each year, even while it afflicts nearly 14 million people.
According to the district authorities, the district introduced Directly Observed Treatment, Short Course (DOTS) as part of the revised national TB control programme in 1997. This has helped combat the disease to some extent. The success rate of DOT has been estimated at 98 per cent.
The rally comprised students of K.R. Hospital School of Nursing and other educational institutions. The participants carried placards and banners while marching through the main thoroughfares of the city. The Deputy Commissioner P. Manivannan flagged off the rally from the K.R. Hospital premises.