NGO launches awareness campaign on TB

Disease claims 1,000 lives a day in India

The campaign in the City will continue till March 28, with mobile exhibition in Yeshwantpur Slum to create awareness on symptoms, test procedure, treatment, and prevention of TB (Tuberculosis).

There will also be counselling sessions for garment workers in Sarjapura Road and in Whitefield area on March 24 and 28. To create awareness among construction workers, medical camp at New Consolidated Construction Company Limited at Mahadevapura will also be set up on March 27.

PSI closely works with the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program (RNTCP) and is partnering with them for the World TB Day activities.

According to Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program report, 2009 about 9.1 million people develop active TB worldwide, every year.

The burden of active TB in India is about 20 per cent or about 1.9 million. As many as 5,000 people develop active TB disease and 1,000 people die from TB in India every day, that means, two persons die every three minutes.  

About 70 per cent of TB patients are in the age group of 15 and 54 years. Over 3,00,000 children are forced to leave school because their parents have TB and around 1,00,000 women are rejected by their families because they have TB. HIV positive people have a 5-6 times lifetime risk of developing TB.

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