Zimbabwe today joined the rest of the world in commemorating World TB Day where they raised public awareness on the disease.

This year’s commemorations were held at Dzivarasekwa Stadium in the capital.

The commemorations brought together different players in the fight against TB including local and international TB partners, health workers, TB patients, civic societies, community members and sector government ministries.

The event was officiated by the Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa who said TB remains one of the communicable diseases that lead to many deaths yearly.

Many people underwent free screening of tuberculosis and implored the government to educate others about the disease.

The commemoration gave due recognition to the role played by individuals and communities in TB control and adherence to treatment.

Dr Parirenyatwa also commended the efforts by various partners and organisations in fighting the disease.

TB kills more than 1.5 million people yearly in Southern Africa.

More than 80 percent of TB patients in Zimbabwe are dually infected with HIV and these patients were urged to take advantage of the free TB treatment and antiretroviral treatment (ART) offered in the various health centres across the country.