LAHORE – The disease of tuberculosis (TB) is a silent killer but curable. Every individual and government should play their role to control this disease. The rate of spreading of this disease in Pakistan is on the rise and the country is on the sixth position regarding TB patients.

These views were expressed by health experts including Joint Secretary Pakistan Medical Association PMA Dr Shahid Malik, President Anti TB Association Chaudhary Muhammad Nawaz, former head of TB department Mayo Hospital Dr Shamshad Rasool Awan and Dr Nazir in a program held in connection with International TB Day at Hamid Nizami Hall here on Saturday. Saifullah Sipra conducted the program.

Ch Muhammad Nawaz said that PATBA that was playing an important role in creating awareness about the disease was founded by Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah in 1956 and paid a donation of Rs 15000. Dr Riaz Ali Shah who also treated Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was also member of this association. This association treated more than 12,000 TB patients last year. He said that the Association was providing medicine to the patients.

Prof Shamshad Rasool Awan said that the purpose of observing TB Day was to create awareness among the massed about this disease. He said that prevention could help reduce the effects of TB. He said that the major affect of the disease appeared on lungs and respiratory system. He said that the patient who felt symbols of the disease should consult a good doctor. He said that a mother who suffered from TB could feed her baby.

Dr Shahid Malik on the occasion said that the state should play its role to control the rapidly spreading disease. Dr Nazir Ahmad said that TB affects those people who had weak immunity system.