Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease that was discovered by Dr. Robert Koch in the late 1882. The causative agent of the disease is known as the Mycobacterium tuberculosis which frequently strikes the lungs but can also affect other organs and tissues of the body. The disease is usually transmitted via air through coughing or sneezing.
The Philippines is known as one of the countries with the highest rate of TB cases per year and approximately 75 Filipinos die per day due to TB and 3 out of 1000 Filipinos are sputum positive (+) for TB. The only good news is that TB is not inherited and that it can be prevented through healthy lifestyle and a strong immune system.
Due to this alarming fact, the Department of Health (DOH) organized the World TB Day campaign to raise public awareness about the disease and to reach out its efforts to prevent and treat it. The campaigned is aimed to involve the people whether public or private sectors, young and old to work hand-in-hand in TB prevention control programs and activities.
March 24, 2012, the citizens of Iloilo marched from Plaza Libertad to the Provincial Capitol in honor of the World TB Day with the theme “Stop TB: In my lifetime!”
The World Tb Day advocacy is committed to end TB through the implementation of DOTS strategy, providing information that would empower people, reduce stigma and discrimination.