World Tuberculosis Day was celebrated to commemorate the discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (the agent which causes TB) by Robert Koch in 1882.

In this connection, the Punjab TB Control Programme and District TB Association with a focus on the current situation of TB in the country organised an awareness walk here the other day.

The walk started from old civil hospital, culminated at Media House Chowk.

It was led by EDO Health Dr Shahid Maroof, DHO Dr Yousaf Sumra, District TB Association President Habib Ullah Niazi and a large number of people from all walks of life participated in it.

Addressing the participants, the EDO Health disclosed that, “Pakistan, which has the fifth highest burden of tuberculosis in the world and the fourth highest in terms of multi-drug resistant (MDR) tuberculosis, is working on many fronts to address the problems with the technical support from the WHO and the financial support of GFATM, USAID, KNCV, JICA, DFID and a number of other development partners.” He reiterated that TB control and elimination would require a concerted effort by people and the medical community, supplemented by a focussed approach.

Highlighting the importance of public-private mix in TB control, the District TB Association President maintained that there was a need for spreading awareness on the free diagnostic services and treatment being offered by the government.