An awareness rally was taken out from the Kote Anjaneyaswamy Temple premises, in front of Mysore Palace on Friday, on the occasion of ‘World Tuberculosis Day.’
The awareness rally, jointly organised by the District Administration, Department of Health and Family Welfare and NGOs, was flagged off by Deputy Commissioner D Randeep.
Speaking on the occasion, he said the TB disease has been claiming the lives of people since ages and 27 per cent of the world’s TB patients live in India. “Every five minutes, two patients die due to tuberculosis,” the DC added.
It is alarming to know that TB disease alone claims the lives of 600 patients across the country and on an average 6,000 people suffer from TB disease, said Randeep. He further added that in a year, 217 people out of one lakh people get TB disease.
The DC said that the timely treatment of TB patients will avoid spreading of the disease to others. When a person is diagnosed with TB disease, the doctors can immediately initiate medical treatment for further deterioration of the patient’s health condition, Randeep said.
Students from various nursing institutions, schools and senior citizens participated in the awareness rally which passed through Ashoka Road, Nehru Circle, Irwin Road and Benki Nawab Road in Mandi Mohalla. They also held placards on eradication of TB disease.