The National Tuberculosis Programme, Ministry of Health will be commemorating World Tuberculosis Day on Wednesday 24th March under the theme “ON THE MOVE AGAINST TUBERCULOSIS - INNOVATE TO ACCELERATE ACTION”.
This year’s activities include an official ceremony to be held at the Cleopatra White Polyclinic II Compound in Belize City at 9:00 am. Activities will be held in the four health regions including talk show appearances and an open day at major public health care providers on World TB Day. The Ministry of Health places emphasis on the importance of Tuberculosis as a public health priority. Within the general population, Tuberculosis continues to be a threat since it is easily transmitted from the infected person to others through sneezing, coughing or just talking. Tuberculosis is an opportunistic infection in HIV/AIDS patients. However, Tuberculosis is easy to cure if patients adhere to the treatment.
The Ministry of Health’s main objective is to alleviate, and in the long term eliminate suffering due to this disease. The Ministry of Health utilizes Information, Education and Communication, Diagnosis and Treatment, Contact Tracing and Surveillance as strategies to prevent and control the disease.
World TB Day raises awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis (TB) and efforts to eliminate the disease.The annual event on 24 March marks the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch detected the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus. This was a first step towards diagnosing and curing tuberculosis.