Mass awareness about curability of TB necessary: LG

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New Delhi, Oct 7 (UNI) Describing tuberculosis as a major public health challenge, Delhi Lt Governor Tejendra Khanna today said ignorance about the fact that the disease is curable is one of the reasons for its higher incidence.

Speaking at the launch of the 59th State level TB Seal Sale Campaign of the Delhi Tuberculosis Association at Raj Niwas here, Mr Khanna said mass awareness about the curability of tuberculosis on its early diagnosis has ''brought us closer to the disease eradication.'' Exhorting the citizens of the national capital to contribute their mite for prevention and control of tuberculosis as well as welfare of TB patients by making generous contributions to the Delhi Tuberculosis Association, the Lt Governor enlightened citizens of Delhi are always willing to donate for a genuine cause.

At present, there are approximately five lakh TB patients in Delhi which makes it about three per cent of the total population.

The sale proceeds of these campaigns are utilised by the Association for creation of general awareness about tuberculosis, the greatest public health problem in our country, providing welfare measures including financial grant to the needy TB patients and other activities pertaining to prevention and control of tuberculosis in the disadvantaged and marginalised communities.

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