Kazungula District advances preps for World TB day
Kazungula, March 20/13-ZANIS—-Kazungula district stakeholders have resolved to commemorate this year’s Tuberculosis (TB) day in Mambova this Saturday, March 23, 2013.
The decision was arrived at during a TB day preparatory meeting held at Kazungula council chambers yesterday.
At the meeting, stakeholders stressed the need to reschedule the TB day commemoration which comes annually on March 24 so that the event cannot disadvantage many Christians who worship on that day.
The 2013 World Tuberculosis Day celebrations will be held under the theme : Stop TB in my Life time.
World TB Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the burden of tuberculosis (TB) worldwide and the status of TB prevention and control efforts.
Progress towards global targets for reductions in TB cases and deaths in recent years has been impressive: TB mortality has fallen over 40% worldwide since 1990, and incidence is declining.
New TB tools such as rapid diagnostics are helping transform response to the disease. Further progress will be dependent on addressing critical funding gaps.
Meanwhile, TB and HIV focal point person at Kazungula District Medical Office Paul Nambala said though the District Medical Office has not yet received funds to go towards the commemoration of this year’s TB day, his office is geared to do everything possible to make sure that the day would be successful.
Mr. Nambala assured the gathering that all is set for the district to join the rest of the country in commemorating TB day under the theme, “stop TB in my life time.”
He also mentioned that Mambova, the hosting site for this year’s TB day commemoration is known for its easy accessibility adding that the area has had recorded a number of TB cases recently as compared to other areas in the district.
Mr. Nambala also mentioned that all other rural health centers in the district will observe this day by carrying out provision services to the communities such as counseling and testing as well as TB screening.