Week-long campaign launched ahead of World TB day
Ahead of the World TB Day to be observed on March 24, a week-long campaign to counter the prevalence of TB has been launched in Erode district.
The campaign, launched on Saturday, is being planned to enhance the level of awareness among people on the disease and popularise its treatment methods.
As part of the campaign, seminars, rallies, camps and various other forms of awareness programmes will be conducted across Erode district.
School and college students, members of self-help groups and volunteers from non-governmental organisations will be roped in for the awareness programmes.
In all units
The administration has also decided to conduct awareness programmes in all the TB units in the district as a part of the campaign.
On Saturday, students of Perundurai Medical College and Hospital took out a rally in Perundurai Town. MLA N.D. Venkatachalam flagged off the rally in the presence of Deputy Director of Medical Services (Tuberculosis) A. Rajasekaran and other senior officials.
Tuberculosis still remains one of the fastest growing epidemics world over, claiming almost 1.7 million lives in 2009, as per a recent WHO report.
There are 9.4 million new TB cases every year and 1.1 million of this are people who have both TB and HIV.
Most of the deaths occur in developing countries, and India is one of the countries where high incidence of the disease is reported, doctors here say.
Over 198 lakh people in the country are suffering from tuberculosis.
The disease claims the lives of 1,000 people everyday in the country, Dr. Rajasekaran has said.
The government is implementing the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme to provide free treatment to the people suffering from the disease.
The treatment normally takes about six to eight months and the Directly Observed Treatment Short (DOTS) course method is followed for the administration of drugs.
March 24 was the day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the cause of Tuberculosis.
TB claimed 1.7 million lives in 2009, as per a WHO report. 9.4 million new TB cases are reported every year
TB claimed 1.7 million lives in 2009, as per a WHO report.
9.4 million new TB cases are reported every year