World Tuberculosis Day

Sir Bob urges fight against tuberculosis

PNG will join the rest of the world to commemorate World Tuberculosis Day tomorrow.

Grand Chief Sir Bob said TB, whilst fatal, is curable therefore it is vital that every step is taken to prevent and halt the spread of the disease.

“It is important that TB patients adhere to their medications and complete their dosage as directed by health practitioners as failure to do so has seen an increase in high incidences of drug resistant strains of TB,” stated Sir Bob.

Focus on TB

March 24 is the World Tuberculosis Day, but senior technical advisor on multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB), Dr Anh Innes, says world TB day should be every day.

This means increasing awareness on TB and her main message is that TB can be cured.

She said the idea was to find it early, detect early and initiate treatment.

"Even for drug-resistant TB patients, they can be cured," she said.

Dr Innes was in Port Moresby last week and conducted a one-day workshop to equip awareness among a few physicians and health care practitioners from around the country.