World Tuberculosis Day – Unite to end TB

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Today, 24th March is the World Tuberculosis Day. WHO has given the theme this year 2016 – Unite to End TB.

I have attended a program on World TB day in Jehangir Hospital, Pune. This program was addressed by Dr. Vikram Padbidri And Dr. Ajit Kulkarni. Nowadays, We panic more for other epidemics like swine flu etc. but the official or unofficial data of TB should also take our attention to work on the prevention side. An unofficial statistics says, all over India almost 3 lac patients dies every year with TB. An official statistics issued by WHO says that in 2013, 9 million people fell ill with TB and 1.5 million died worldwide.

Tuberculosis is airborne. It spreads through the air from one person to another. The primary mode of transmission for TB is inhalation. When a person with active disease of the lungs or throat coughs or sneezes or spit, individuals nearby may become infected by breathing-in the bacteria.

It was surprising to hear from Dr. Vikram Padbidri, Consultant and Head, Department of Microbiology and Infection Control at Jehangir Hospital that if an infected person spits in a public place, the bacteria of tuberculosis can remain alive up to 72 hours.

We can make huge contribution to prevent this epidemic disease by taking few simple but major steps :-

  • DO NOT SPIT AND ALLOW ANYONE TO SPIT IN THE PUBLIC PLACES.
  • DO NOT COUGH OR ALLOW OTHERS TO COUGH WITHOUT COVERING MOUTH.

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