Zvishavane –The 2016 Midlands Provincial World TB Day commemorations where held in Zvishavane at Mabasa clinic last weekend with the aim of strengthening awareness and exploring possible ways of eradicating TB in the mining town.
Speaking to this publication, Zvishavane District Medical Officer, Simbarashe Manyara said the event was supported by several stakeholders including National AIDS Council, Midlands AIDS Caring Organisation, Bethany Project, Zvishavane Town Council, Runde Rural District Council and other government organisations that are concerned with finding a way to reduce TB cases.
Zvishavane was chosen as the host of the commemorations due to a number of factors which included high prevalence of new TB infections which are believed to be caused by artisanal miners who contribute much of the pollution in the area.
"We want to raise awareness and discuss challenges that we are facing in our efforts to fight TB. Zvishavane was chosen to host because of high cases of new infections, our success in treating TB which is at 86% and the emergence of drug resistant TB among other factors," said Manyara.
He also urged school children to take seriously all health-related gatherings and discussions as they will be in a position to learn much from the proceedings.
TB is a deadly disease which claims a lot of lives worldwide with more than one million people having died from the disease so far this year.
Most of the victims of the diseases are from the third world countries.
The movement was started on 24 March 1882 by Dr. Robert Koch in Berlin designed to build a public awareness about the global epidemic of TB and forge efforts to eliminate the disease.news