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World TB Day: ‘The Clock is Ticking’

 Feature Desk

 Published: 11:47 AM, 24 March 2021   Updated: 01:02 PM, 24 March 2021

World Tuberculosis (TB) Day today; Photo: Collected

World Tuberculosis (TB) Day today; Photo: Collected

World Tuberculosis (TB) Day is being observed today (Wednesday, March 24) around the world including Bangladesh in a befitting manner.  

This year’s theme — ‘The Clock is Ticking’.

The day is being observed all over the world to raise awareness about the harmful aspects of tuberculosis, especially the health, social and economic consequences.

On this day in 1882. Dr. Robert Koch discovered the tuberculosis germ and paved the way for its diagnosis and cure. TB Day is being observed by remembering him on this day.

Tuberculosis is still one of the top ten causes of death in the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 4,000 people die of tuberculosis and 30,000 are diagnosed everyday. But global efforts have saved 58 million lives since 2000. 

At a high-level meeting of the United Nations in September 2018, world leaders agreed to eradicate tuberculosis. On the occasion of the day, the WHO has called on the government, civil society, various organizations and various health care providers to find TB patients and provide treatment to all.

Tuberculosis is still a big health problem. Anyone can be affected by this. People who live close to a TB patient, such as a family member, doctor, nurse or caregiver, are at higher risk. Smoking, uncontrolled diabetes, drug addiction, old age, malnutrition, etc. increase the risk of tuberculosis. People with low immunity, such as AIDS patients, long-term steroid or immunotherapy drug users, are also at risk for tuberculosis.

85 percent of tuberculosis cases are in the lungs. This can also occur in the lining of the lungs, lymph nodes, brain and its lining, intestines, bones or skin.