world_tb_day.jpgZimbabwe yesterday (Wednesday) joined the rest of the world in commemorating Tuberculosis, (TB) day.

 

The celebrations come at a time when the year 2010 marks the halfway point for the global plan to stop TB.

 

The commemorations held under the theme “On the move against TB innovative to accelerate action”, the 2010 world TB day campaign is focused on individuals around the world who have found new ways to stop TB and serve as an inspiration to others.

 

In Zimbabwe, the main commemorations were held at Glamis Arena in Harare where speaker guest, the Minister of Health and Child Welfare, Dr Henry Madzorera acknowledged that the country is doing well in terms of TB treatment rate.

 

The Minister however expressed concern over the TB case detection rate which he says has remained below 40% for several years.   
      
Also present at the commemorations, was the World Health Organisation representative in Zimbabwe, Dr Custodia Mandlhate, who said TB remains a communicable disease of public health concern in the region.

 

People infected by TB also got an opportunity to share with others their experiences before and after they tested positive to the disease as well as the relationship between TB and HIV.