Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The clock is ticking - World TB Day

Wednesday, 24 March, is World TB Day.

This day is commerated to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of Tuberculosis, and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic.

The theme for this year is - ‘The Clock is Ticking’ – which the World health organisation says conveys the sense that the world is running out of time to act on the commitments to end TB made by global leaders.

TB remains one of the world’s deadliest infectious killers. Each day, nearly 4 000 people lose their lives to TB and close to 28 000 people fall ill with this preventable and curable disease.

In 2019, City of Cape Town Health facilities conducted close to 43 thousand TB tests. This figure dropped to just over 29 thousand last year

People with TB or a history of TB are likely to be vulnerable to Covid-19 as they have similar symptoms, such as coughing and shortness of breath. Both also causes fever and weakness in the body.

Mayco member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien has urged citizens to get tested for TB should they experience symptoms.

‘’In an effort to minimise the risk of clients’ exposure to Covid-19, health services have made modifications to patient flow and treatment practices and where possible, reduced the number of unnecessary patient visits to health facilities.’’

‘’On a positive note, Covid-19 has highlighted behavioural practices around infection prevention and control, and cough etiquette, including the de-stigmatisation of mask wearing and social distancing, which may contribute to reducing TB transmission.’’ Badroodien added.


PICTURE: WHO


 

Done By: Mitchum George

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