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PIA Press Release
2010/03/22

75 Filipinos die of TB each day - DOH

Kalibo, Aklan (22 March) -- As the province of Aklan and the rest of the country join the international community in commemorating World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on March 24, 75 Filipinos die daily of this disease, according to the Provincial Health Office (PHO) here.

The PHO also said that TB is the 6th leading cause of sickness and death in the Philippines. Worldwide, nearly two million people die from TB each year.

Across the world, one out of three people who become sick with TB fail to access timely, accurate diagnosis and effective treatment, the PHO further said.

To evade this scenario, PHO-Aklan is encouraging every Aklanon suffering from coughs of more than two weeks to go to their nearest health facility or TB DOTS Center for proper diagnosis and treatment. TB is primarily transmitted through the air when coughing.

"This year's international theme for World TB Day is "Innovate to Accelerate Action Against TB", while the local theme is "Isulong ang Laban sa TB sa Makabagong Paraan," said Nuella Zaldivar, Provincial Health Education and Promotion Officer II of PHO-Aklan.

Zaldivar also said that the provincial government is fully supporting this year's campaign messages of reaching more people with tuberculosis care, forming stronger partnerships to reach targets of the Global Plan to Stop TB, and to find innovative ways to fund the fight against TB.

The bacillus that causes tuberculosis was discovered on March 24, 1882 by Dr. Robert Koch of Germany.

The World TB Day was launched in 1982 to mark the 100th anniversary of Koch's discovery. (PHO/PIA) [top]

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