Wednesday, March 31, 2010

VC Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University leads walk on World TB Day

LARKANA: March 23, 2010. Vice Chancellor, Shaheed Mohtarama Benazir Bhutto Medical University(SMBBMU) Larkana Professor Sikandar Ali Shaikh will lead the awareness walk to observe World TB Day-2010 on March 24, 2010 (Wednesday).

The aim of walk is to create awareness among the people about the prevention and cure of Tuberculosis (TB). The walk will be start from the Chest Department of CMC Hospital city block Larkana and it will terminate in front of Press Club, Jinnah Bagh, Larkana.

This was announced by the Deputy Director T.B. Control Programme Sindh @Larkana Dr. Abdul Kareem Shaikh here today.

He said that the directorate of T.B Control Programme Sindh and District Health Services Department Larkana with the collaboration of Pakistan Chest Society Larkana chapter and World Health Organization(WHO) have organized World T.B. Day walk.

The awareness walk on the World T.B. Day will educate the general public about tuberculosis (T.B) and mobilize T.B. patients to get free treatment under DOTS (Directly Observed Treatment Short Course) programme along with treatment prevention and the latest information about the disease, he added.

He has appealed to the general public to participate in the walk largely.

He said Sindh Tuberculosis (TB) Control Program, district health department, and other NGOs plans to hold the walk and seminars to raise public awareness about prevention and control of the ailment declared as global emergency by World Health Organization (WHO).

There are estimated two millions people suffering from TB across the world. Pakistan is reported to have the seventh highest number of TB patients.

Meanwhile, The Executive District Officer (Health Services) Larkana Dr. Abdul Fateh Bughio has on Monday also announced that that in order to mark the World T.B Day-2010, a awareness Seminar will be organized at a local hotel here on March 24, 2010(Wednesday), at 10.00 A.M

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