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PIA Press Release
2010/03/23

Negros Occidental joins global celebration of World TB Day

Bacolod City (23 March) -- The Province of Negros Occidental joins the rest of the country and the international community in commemorating World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, today, March 24, with the international theme "Innovate to Accelerate Against TB" while the local theme is "Isulong ang Laban sa TB sa Makabagong Paraan".

The provincial government supports 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 fight against TB.

Every March 24 is a World TB day in commemorating the discovery of bacillus that cause tuberculosis by Dr. Robert Koch of Germany in 1882.

Everyday, 75 Filipinos die of TB and it is 6th leading cause of sickness and death. Two million people worldwide die from TB each year.

TB is not just a public health challenge but it is a development problems as this devastating disease strikes people during their most productive years, affecting 15-49 years old, mostly males.

Although a cure of TB has existed for more than half a century, the disease is frequently diagnose late because of stigma, misconceptions and lack of knowledge of the disease. It is often treated improperly, or not treated at all, leading to transmission in the community and death.

The Neg. Occ. provincial health office encourages everyone who has had a cough of more than two weeks to go to their nearest health facility or TB DOTS center for proper diagnose and treatment.

TB is primarily transmitted through the air when coughing. (PHO/PIA/cad) [top]

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