Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa has bemoaned the high prevalence rates of TB and HIV in mining communities and prisons in the country and has called for a collective effort to fight the diseases.

Addressing hundreds of people who gathered at Selukwe Primary School in Shurugwi to mark the World TB Day, Dr Parirenyatwa called for a collective effort from communities and the nation at large to combat the diseases.

Midlands Minister of State Cde Jason Machaya says TB is a concern in the province especially in mining communities of Kwekwe, Mberengwa and Shururgwi.

He expressed appreciation to the Ministry of Health and Child Care for creating the much needed awareness on TB.

Mining towns have high tuberculosis incidence rate due to working conditions inside mines that create a high risk environment for transmission resulting in part from silica dust exposure.

World TB Day is celebrated on the 24th of March each year globally.

This year’s commemorations ran under the theme, ‘Unite to End TB, Leave no one Behind’ meaning an acceleration of actions to address the persistent stigma, discrimination, marginalisation and barriers to care access people with TB.