Indian Development Foundation in collaboration with GREMALTES Hospital organised a Tuberculosis Awareness Rally on Marina Beach on Thursday on World TB Day. Mr. Mervin Alexander, Post Master General, Chennai Post, flagged off the rally from the Light House. Nearly 500 volunteers and students took part in the rally to spread awareness among the masses.
Mr. Mervin Alexander , said, “March 24 is observed as World TB Day and the WHO, our health ministry and various NGOs are doing everything possible to improve its detection and cure.
Mr. Pius Kalathil, Director, GREMALTES Hospital said “The theme for World TB Day 2016 is ‘Unite to End TB ’. TB, the two-letter word can kill anyone and play havoc with the lives of people. Sometimes TB is drug-resistant, particularly among children and it has become imperative to find better methods and applications to stamp out the disease early.”
S. Sreeram, Manager, Indian Development Foundation, said, “ India is the world’s TB epicentre as it accounts for around 23% of global cases and most deaths 220,000 in 2014, from the bacterial lung disease that spreads through coughs and sneezes”. According to WHO “India accounts for an estimated 2.2million of 8.6 million new TB cases that occur each year globally, and harbours more than double the cases as any other country”.
“People should know that treatment for TB is free of charge in all government clinics and hospitals. It is important for every patient to ensure continuity of treatment for about six to eight months. Stoppage of drugs may cause relapse into drug-resistant form of TB – MDR-TB.”
Scouts and guides from Kendriya Vidyalaya 2, Madambakkam, Kendriya Vidyalaya – CLRI, Sri Shanthi Anand Vidyalaya, and students from the CSI Rainy College of Nursing, MMM College of Nursing, Billroth College of Nursing, Shenbagam College of Nursing, Ethiraj College, Madras School of Social Work also participated in the rally. Doctors, paramedical workers, volunteers took active part in this massive TB awareness rally, which concluded at the Labour Statue.
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