To mark World TB Day on 24 March, the Communicable Diseases Service at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is calling on members of the public to join the campaign to create a world that is free from Tuberculosis (TB).
World TB Day is led by the World Health Organisation and held each year on 24 March to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of the disease and counter the stigma around it. TB remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing over 4,500 deaths every day, mostly in the developing world.
Helen Newsham, Community TB Healthcare Support Worker in the Communicable Diseases Team at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“TB is an infectious disease and still a worldwide problem. The theme of the campaign this year is to create leaders for a TB-free world. We’re calling on people everywhere to come together to campaign against TB. There is a lot of stigma around the illness with people shutting off as soon as you mention it. World TB Day is a great opportunity to dispel this taboo and get people talking. TB is an infectious disease affecting mainly the lung. Its droplets spread by coughing and sneezing. It is fully curable with specialised antibiotic treatment. Untreated, however it may have serious and potentially life threatening consequences.”
World TB Day is designed to build public awareness that TB today remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of nearly 1.5 million people each year, mostly in developing countries.
If anyone is concerned about possible infection, they should contact their GP in the first instance. For more information about TB and the support available please contact The Communicable Disease team on: 01772 777148 for Preston, Chorley & South Ribble and West Lancs, or 01253 951736 for Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre and North Lancs