tb alert.jpgZimbabwe has joined the rest of the world in commemorating world TB Day, amid calls for a combined effort by both government and the private sector to work tirelessly to improve the country’s health sector.

The Guest of Honor at the commemorations which were held at Hauna Growth Point on Thursday in Manicaland province was Deputy Minister of Health and Child Welfare, Dr Douglas Mombeshora.

He commended the Chinese government for its commitment in assisting the local health sector, mentioning a recent grant from China that will help in enhancing day to day duties.

The World Health Organisation expressed concern over the rise in TB cases in the country, adding that the communicable disease remains a major public health concern in Africa.

With health experts from neighboring countries such as Namibia and Mozambique participating in the commemorations, the fight against Tuberculosis in the Southern African region has not only intensified, but has also cemented diplomatic ties.

The annual World TB Day event commemorated of the 24th of March marks the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch detected the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus, which was a first step towards diagnosing and curing the infectious disease.

This year’s commemorations were held under the theme, ‘Innovation-Transforming the Fight Towards Elimination of Tuberculosis.’