KARACHI: Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the biggest health problems of the developing countries with a significant population being affected by this infectious and debilitating disease.
“Over nine million new cases are reported annually worldwide with a mortality of 1.5 million each year. In Pakistan, more than 500,000 patients were diagnosed with TB in 2014.”
International World TB Day was observed throughout the world, including Pakistan and Sindh Institute of Urology & Transplantation Pakistan (SIUT), in collaboration with National TB Program and College of Family Medicine Pakistan, celebrated this day on 24th March 2015.
Director SIUT Prof Adib Rizvi said that it is the vision of our institution to create awareness and educate its people about diseases such as TB so that they are better equipped to deal with them for successful outcome & management of the diseases.
Prof Sohail Akhtar informed that Pakistan is amongst those 22 countries of the world that bear 80 percent of the global TB disease burden.
Dr Asma Nasim, Dept of Infectious Diseases SIUT, said that the basic aim of organizing this event was to raise mass awareness about TB in terms of its signs and symptoms, its spread, treatment and most important to highlight its preventive measures.
Dr Sunil Dodani, Dept of Infectious Diseases SIUT, pointed out that whereas the incidence of TB has considerably decreased in most of the developed countries, TB unfortunately remains a major health threat with a substantial burden of disease (BOD) for the underdeveloped nations including our country.
The program organized under the SIUT Infectious Diseases Dept, was chalked out for both general public and the medical community with free medical checkups & consultations, diet/nutritional advices, distribution of educational literature on TB, viewing of documentary films, exhibition of informative posters/banners and interactive sessions between SIUT medical staff members with the audience.
Specialized lectures and interactive sessions were also arranged for invited medical doctors for more detailed insight into the disease.
A large number of people from all walks of life and doctors and other health professionals attended the event and highly benefitted from it.