Spreading TB awareness

R C Bangalore ­Cubbon Park, Garden City and Metro, D 3190, jointly hosted awareness ­programmes and screening camps for tuberculosis in Bengaluru recently to mark the World TB Day on Mar 24. This was the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch ­discovered the TB bacterium which opened the path for diagnosing and curing the disease. Each year on this day Rotary clubs hold awareness programmes to step up efforts to end the TB menace.

Dr B R Abhijit of ­Rajarajeshwari ­Hospital gave an exhaustive ­presentation on the ­disease. He is ­helping the clubs to set up DOTS ­centres for early ­detection and ­treatment of TB patients, says Shobha Murali, ­President, RC Bangalore Cubbon Park. “The ­emergence of multidrug-­resistant TB (MDR-TB) poses a major health threat and could risk gains made in the fight against TB,” she adds.

Dr B R Abhijit inaugurates a session while Club ­Presidents Shashikanth (Metro), Suvarna (Garden City) and Shoba Murali (Cubbon Park) look on.
Dr B R Abhijit inaugurates a session while Club ­Presidents Shashikanth (Metro), Suvarna (Garden City) and Shoba Murali (Cubbon Park) look on.

Hoardings and posters helped spread the message across the city and the members visited a slum colony to create ­awareness among the residents on following preventive measures against TB.

PDG Suresh ­Kasliwal (D 3040) and Rotary India National TB ­Control ­Committee were also involved in the execution of the awareness events in the city.

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