The students of Isra University, Hyderabad led the walk on the World Tuberculosis (TB) Day and World Health Day, 2022 on 25th March 2022 from Academic Block A to the Isra University Auditorium along with faculty members, doctors, and the staff. Further, District Health Officer (DHO), Hyderabad, Dr. Lala Jaffer also became part of the event. While he along with Prof. Dr. Abdul Sattar Memon, Chief Executive Director (Academics), Dr. Naseem Salahuddin, Director, Indus Hospital Karachi, Prof. Dr. Hussain Bux Kolachi, Prof. Dr. Shafi Jatoi, Dean Faculty of Medicine & Allied Medical Sciences interacted with the audience and highlighted that Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. However, it is important to prevent TB by understanding the disease and keeping the purpose of World Health Day in mind, we have to work hard to raise awareness about the overall health and well-being of people across the world. Further, the day also highlights the social and economic consequences of tuberculosis along with its health impacts globally. Pakistan has the sixth-largest population in the world and has the fifth greatest burden of TB. An estimated 44,000 HIV-negative people die from TB disease in Pakistan each year and an estimated 1,300 HIV-positive people also die.
So, these kinds of awareness walks should be organized around the country to help people prevent this disease. Moreover, this year, World Tuberculosis Day 2022, the theme of World Tuberculosis Day is “INVEST TO END TB. SAVE LIVES.” The theme focuses on the need for investments and resources that are required to eradicate this disease and the theme of World Health Day is Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere. The slogan is “Health for All”.
Besides, Prof. Dr. Asif Burney, Additional Director, Isra University Hospital, Dr. Qadir Bux Qadwani, Medical Superintendent (MS), Isra University Hospital, Dr. Nasreen Memon, Additional Medical Superintendent (AMS), Isra University Hospital, Mr. Murad Memon, Director QEC and a large number of doctors, faculty members, house officers and others attended the event.