Tuberculosis happens to be a major health issue in developing countries with a significant population being affected by this infectious disease.According to an estimate over 9 million new cases are reported annually at the global level with a mortality of 15 lac patients each year on account of this scourge . In Pakistan more than 5 lac patients were diagnosed with the disease in the previous year.
To highlight the high prevalence of the disease World Tuberculosis Day is observed throughout the world on March 24. Sindh Institute of Urology & Transplantation (SIUT) as a part of awareness campaign also observed the day by holding a lecture and other related activities.
Speaking on the occasion Prof Adib Rizvi, Director SIUT said that Institute as a part of its vision believes in creating awareness about various diseases to the public at large and educate them about preventive measures and effective management.He said likewise tuberculosis is important health issue mostly in developing countries about which public should be be educated as how to tackle the ailment on scientific lines.
Medical experts representing SIUT disclosed that according to a global report of 2015, Pakistan is among those 30 countries of the world that have high burden of tuberculosis patients. They pointed out that whereas the incidence of TB has considerably decreased in most of the developed countries, the ailment regrettably remains a major health threat with a substantial burden in the underdeveloped nations including Pakistan.
The experts expressed their concern about the severe shortage of anti tuberculosis drugs throughout the country which is greatly preventing effective management of the disease. The experts who spoke included Prof. Sohail Akhtar Consultant Pulmonologist, Dr. Asma Nasim Consultant of Infectious diseases, Dr. Sunil Dodani Consultant infectious diseases and dietician Kehkashan Zehra.
The program was organized under the auspices of Infectious Diseases Department of SIUT which had arranged free medical checkups, consultations, dietary/nutritional advice's, distribution of educational literature on tuberculosis, educational videos, exhibition of informative posters/banners and interactive sessions with those who attended the day long proceedings.