World Tuberculosis (TB) like elsewhere was also observed at SIUT (Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation on March 25th as a part to create awareness and educate the masses about the disease.
The program was organized by the Infectious Department of SIUT which arranged which provided free clinic and on the spot investigation facilities to the people who visited SIUT to attend the day long activity of the Tuberculosis Day.
Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the major health problems of the developing countries which affect a significant number of populations. TB is amongst the 10 most common causes of death worldwide.
TB is an infectious and debilitating disease carrying a high incidence of morbidity and mortality. The total estimated number of new cases reported annually worldwide was 10.4 million patients with a mortality rate of estimated 1.4 million patients. In Pakistan, in 2016, estimated 510,000 patients were diagnosed with TB with an incidence of 276/100,000.
On this occasion, me dicalexperts of SIUT informed that Pakistan is amongst those 30 countries of the world that have high TB disease and a high Multi drug resistant (MDR) TB burden according to latest global TB report 2016. Tuberculosis is an airborne disease, and can be caught by breathing in the air that an infected person has contaminated, through breathing and coughing. Symptoms include a lasting cough, fatigue, coughing up blood, chest pain, sweating at night, fever, loss of appetite, and weight loss. It can effect any organ of the body. They said that the basic aim of organizing this event was to raise mass awareness about TB in terms of its sign & symptoms, spread, treatment and most importantly to highlight its preventive measures.
The program was organized under the SIUT Infectious Diseases Department for the community with free medical checkups & consultations, dietary/nutritional advices, distribution of educational literature on TB, viewing of disease educational videos, exhibition of informative posters/banners and interactive sessions between SIUT medical staff members with the audience. A very interactive workshop was also organized in collaboration with college of family physicians Karachi about update on diagnosis, treatment and management of TB including MDR TB.
The SIUT experts included Dr. Jawwad pulmonologist, Dr. Asma Nasim and Dr. Sunil Dodani infectious diseases specialists, dieticians and other related medical staff.