Every year on the 24th March, the world commemorates the World Tuberculosis (TB) Day. This day is meant to raise awareness and advocate for the elimination of TB.
TB is a disease that is overlooked by many, yet it is one of the main causes of death annually. Although TB is preventable as well as curable, it has affected millions of lives. In 2017, Zambia reported 40,153 cases of TB, out of which 2,293 cases were children.
Sustainable Development Goal 3 is to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Some of the targets of goal 3 is to to ensure that by 2030, we end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases.
Today as we join the rest of the world in raising awareness on Tuberculosis, let us remember that TB affects many and that it is preventable and curable. Remember to visit the nearest clinic or hospital if you start to experience any signs and symptoms of active TB. Some of the signs of TB include fever, weakness or feeling very tired, losing weight without trying, lack of appetite, night sweats or persistent coughs.