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Zambia Marks World Tuberculosis Day with Determination to End the Disease

The Honorable Minister of Health, Ms. Sylvia T. Masebo, MP, led the commemoration of the 2024 World Tuberculosis (TB) Day in the event held in Makululu, Kabwe.

With the theme “Yes! We can end Tuberculosis,” the gathering underscored the collective determination to combat this persistent health threat.

The event, attended by various dignitaries including Cabinet Ministers, the District Commissioner, and the Mayor of Kabwe City, aimed to raise awareness about TB and evaluate the ongoing efforts to eradicate the disease.

Minister Masebo highlighted the historical significance of March 24, commemorating the discovery of the TB-causing germ in 1882, which revolutionized diagnosis and treatment.

Under the dynamic leadership of the UPND-led government and President Hakainde Hichilema, Minister Masebo emphasized a holistic approach to health care, emphasizing community participation and decentralization of health services.

She praised Zambia’s progress in detecting and treating TB patients, noting a significant increase in cases detected and treated, alongside high treatment success rates and preventive measures for HIV patients.

Despite these achievements, Minister Masebo acknowledged persistent challenges, including myths, discrimination, and financial barriers faced by TB patients and their families.

She announced plans for a second national TB prevalence survey to accurately gauge the disease’s burden and pledged collaboration with social services ministries to assist affected individuals.

The Minister expressed gratitude to international partners and local organizations for their support in the fight against TB, citing contributions from the World Health Organization, the Global Fund, USAID, CDC, the World Bank, and others.

In conclusion, Minister Masebo declared the official launch of World TB Day 2024, reiterating the rallying cry: “Yes, we can end TB!” The event served as a poignant reminder of Zambia’s commitment to tackling TB and fostering a healthier future for its citizens.

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