World TB day was observed across the city to spread awareness that tuberculosis today remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing deaths of several million people each year, mostly in the third world. A rally to spread awareness on TB was held at Vashi. World TB Day is celebrated on 24 March every year in an effort to spread awareness and precautions of the disease tuberculosis. 24 March commemorates the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch astounded the scientific community by announcing that he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus. Koch’s discovery opened the way toward diagnosing and curing tuberculosis. But TB still remains a threat. According to statistics, up to 8 million new cases of TB develop each year. More than 90% of these cases occur in developing nations like India that have poor resources and high numbers of people infected with HIV. Hence the World TB Day is of great significance to create awareness about the day. In Navi Mumbai, the NMMC conducted two events to mark World TB Day. The first was a rally at Vashi. Mayor Anjani Bhoir and Commissioner Vijay Nahata flagged off the rally from Shivaji Chowk. Later a seminar was held at Vishnudas Bhave Auditorium. The risk factors of the disease are HIV infection, alcoholism, homelessness, crowded living conditions, diseases that weaken the immune system, migration from a country with a high number of cases and health care workers. The Navi Mumbai Municipal Health Dept. register nearly 600 cases of TB each year. With Monika Bhosale, Zeba Warsia for NMTV News.
November 21, 2017
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