TB Awareness Walk in connection with Wold TB Day
The National Institute of Health and National TB control Program along with World Health Organization (WHO) organized TB Awareness Walk at National Institute of Health, with the theme of “Wanted: Leaders for a TB-Free Pakistan.” The theme focuses on the role of leaders in building commitment to end TB, not only at the political level but at all tiers. From community leaders, to people affected with TB, civil society advocates, health workers, doctors or nurses, nongovernmental organizations and other partners, all can be leaders of efforts to end TB in their own area of work. The aim of the event was to create awareness about TB and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic.
On this occasion, Brig. Dr. Aamer Ikram, National Coordinator PM Health Complex and ED NIH, said that TB is a huge public health concern and drug resistance of TB cases is on rise in Pakistan. He also said that early diagnosis and appropriate and complete treatment is the most effective way to prevent the disease. He said that Government of Pakistan is providing free of cost diagnostic and treatment facilities. He emphasized that awareness programs can minimize the risk of disease and stigma in the society.
All the partners including WHO country office, students of College of Medical Laboratories Technology (CMLT), senior officers of the National TB Control Program, EPI and Health Services Academy participated in the walk.