Latest Pakistan News / Islamabad News – World TB Day > In order to raise awareness about the drastic effects of TB, World Tuberculosis Day was observed on Saturday, March 24, across Pakistan with special focus on children:
Stop TB in my lifetime!
Like other parts of the globeé World Tuberculosis (TB) Day was observed in Pakistan to raise awareness about the global epidemic and making efforts to eliminate the disease.
To mark the dayé various activities were arranged by medical and educational institutions besides governmental and non- government organizations.
World TB Day has been designed to build public awareness that tuberculosis remains an epidemic in much of the worldé causing the deaths of several million people each yearé mostly in developing countries.
The Day is commemorated when in 1882 Dr Robert Koch astounded the scientific community by announcing that he had discovered the cause of tuberculosisé the TB bacillus. At the time of Koch’s announcement in Berliné TB was raging through Europe and the Americasé causing the death of one out of every seven people. Koch’s discovery opened the way towards diagnosing and curing TB.
According to medical expertsé one-third of the world’s population is currently infected with TB while this number in Pakistan is 4,20,000, according to WHO. (PPI)