Eliminating Tuberculosis, let us strive hard – Dr. Sunil Chopra
WORLD TUBERCULOSIS DAY (24th March,2021)
Tuberculosis is a potentially serious infectious bacterial disease. It can not only attack lungs, as usually assumed, but other organs are also vulnerable. TB is the 10th leading cause of deaths worldwide. In 2019 there were approximately 1418000 TB related deaths in the world.
Today is ‘World Tuberculosis Day’ and this year’s theme is ‘The clock is ticking’, reminding us that the time is running out and we are late in taking action on our commitments to eradicate this deadly disease from the world.
Amidst the havoc wreaked by Covid 19 pandemic several diseases received step-motherly treatment.In our country, the entire National TB elimination program staff was at the forefront in fight against Covid 19 but side by side our healthcare workers continued their all out efforts to tackle TB cases too.
Today, on the eve of this occasion, our worthy President has rightly uttered these words….”The year 2020 was a watershed moment for healthcare in our country as well as the entire world. The pandemic underlined the importance of a quality healthcare system accessible to every human being”.
Any resurgence of TB cases in Covid times has to be tackled on war-footing. Factually speaking the responsibility of eradicating TB rests not just with the government, doctors, nurses but with the society at large too.
Vaccination of children, preventive steps, awakening and awareness will definitely contribute to its elimination. It is high time that each one of us rise to the challenge of ending this deadly but curable disease at the earliest possible.
WHO has also asserted that we should pledge to accelerate our speed so that we can comfortably diagnose as well as treat 40 million TB patients including 3.5 million children and 1.5 million people with drug resistant TB.