Every year on March 24, World Tuberculosis Day is observed to raise awareness about tuberculosis, to which every year millions of people lose their life. Although TB is curable, it is important to detect it early to ensure the effectiveness of the treatment. On the same line, we are here to reflect upon the importance of this day.
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The theme for World TB Day 2021 is ‘The Clock is Ticking’. This conveys that the world is running out of time to act on the commitments to end TB made by global leaders.
Significance traced through history
In 1882, On March 24, Dr. Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the bacteria that causes TB. His discovery opened the way towards diagnosing and curing this disease that had plagued many for years.
Goals set to achieve
The aim is set to diagnose and treat 40 million people who are suffering from TB by 2022. This figure although ambitious is entirely achievable.
The WHO website reveals that “we are aiming to reach 30 million people with TB preventive treatment by 2022. This also includes 24 million households across the world that are in contact with TB patients. 6 million of such people who are living with HIV”.
Creating awareness is the initial most step towards curing people who are struggling with this fatal disease. So, on this day, spread the word about it.