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Uganda Joins Hands With the World to Fight TB

Agnes Kiconco

KIU, Main Campus - While commemorating World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on 24th March, 2021 in Moroto, Uganda joined hands with the rest of the world to step up efforts and fight one of the deadliest epidemics that claims nearly 4000 lives each day.

TB Day is commemorated to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of TB, step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic and stand against stigma and discrimination.

"The Clock is Ticking" being the theme of the commemorated World TB Day, World Health Organization (WHO) is calling attention to the persistent risks posed by this deadly respiratory illness that claims nearly 4000 lives each day of close to 28,000 people who fall ill with this preventable and curable disease.

According to WHO, there were an estimated 2.5 million TB cases in the African Region in 2019, accounting for 25% of the global burden. More than 500,000 African lives are lost to this disease every year. 

The WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said Tuberculosis is preventable and treatable, but remains one of the world’s top infectious killers because too many people go undiagnosed.

"New guidance from WHO aims to help countries identify groups at highest risk of tuberculosis, so people can receive services for prevention and treatment," DrTedros added.

To end TB therefore, we need to join hands and fight this curable disease by taking part in the improved screening which is essential to quickly identity people with TB infection or disease and connect them with proper medical care.