Tuesday, March 25, 2014

World TB Rally, Chennai

Indian Development Foundation organised a Tuberculosis Awareness rally on Monday to mark World TB Day 2014. Over 600 school and college students took part in the by the rally.

Students from four colleges and schools walked the three-kilometer stretch from the Light House to Labour Statue at Marina Beach holding placards with messages on the symptoms, care and treatment of tuberculosis.

“Tuberculosis is a curable disease and as students, it is our duty to spread the message and create awareness,” said Prerna Gupta, a class eight student from Sacred Heart Church Park.

Jenima, a class 10 student from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Tambaram, stated that 30 lakh people die across the world due to TB, with three lakh of them in India. “People die of TB because there is lack of awareness. During the rally, people asked us many doubts,” she said, standing along with her contingent of 32 students.
Even as the country awaits for the World Health Organisation to announce that India is polio-free, participants at the awareness rally felt that there has to be a collective effort to eradicate tuberculosis as well. “We have been successful in eradicating polio. 

TB is a common disease and we have come here to put in our effort towards eradicating TB,” said Anirudh, a class 11 student from Kendriya Vidyalaya, IIT Madras. 
M Narendra, CMD, Indian Overseas Bank, flagged off the rally. S Sreeram, manager, Indian Development Foundation, Tamil Nadu and Pondy was also present at the event.
(Courtesy- The New Indian Express, Chennai, 25th March 2014)

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