Why is TB Celebrated Every Year?
World TB day or World Tuberculosis Day is celebrated every year on 24th March. The reason behind celebrating TB Day is to spread awareness about the spike in the TB epidemic and also to plead among people to take a step back towards it.
Tuberculosis is increasing and is affecting the health of millions. The increase in TB is not only causing health problems but also affects the economic side of the nation. It becomes very important to curb TB to gain momentum in the economy.
Who Discovered World TB Day?
The date of Tuberculosis is marked by Dr. Robert Koch.
Dr. Robert Koch in the year 1882 announced that he has founded a bacterium that causes and worsens TB; which is why the world came to know about the disease and from there onwards the cure to the disease and diagnose ways were discovered.
How deadly TB can be?
- TB is known to be one of the deadliest infectious killers.
- Every day around 3000 people lose their lives to this infectious disease TB.
- Around 28,000 people get infected with this preventable and curable disease each day.
- The world has made much effort to prevent and combat Tuberculosis and helped to save 62 million lives till now since the year 2000.
What is the theme of World TB Day 2021?
The theme for World TB Day 2021 is "The Clock is Ticking," which conveys the feeling that the world is running out of time to act on global leaders' commitments to end TB. This is especially important in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has jeopardized End TB progress, as well as to ensure fair access to prevention and treatment in line with WHO's goal of Universal Health Coverage.