-Calls on Liberians to join in observance to create awareness
President George Manneh Weah has by Proclamation declared Wednesday, March 24, 2021, “World Tuberculosis Day” and is to be observed throughout the country as a Working Holiday.
According to a Foreign Ministry release, World TB Day mobilizes governmental, political and social authorities to commit to the effective reduction in the incidence, prevalence, and mortality related to TB.
The Proclamation calls on the Ministry of Health, and other government agencies as well as International Organizations concerned to initiate and execute appropriate programs befitting the occasion.
According to the Proclamation, the celebration highlights the threat TB poses to the human race as well as enlightens the world on the global initiatives and innovative actions taken to prevent the spread of TB, thereby reducing death rates in Liberia, Africa and our one world.
In keeping with its mandate to protect the health and welfare of its citizens and foreign residents, the Government of Liberia will join global health partners in observance of the World TB Day.
This year’s World TB Day will be celebrated under the global theme: “It’s Time” with the slogan, “Get Involved, Stop the Spread of TB”
The event will then focus on building commitment to end TB, not only by political leaders, but at all levels from government officials to traditional and religious leaders, civil society organizations, health workers, community leaders as well as people afflicted with TB and partners.
The Proclamation called on Liberians and partners to Work together to end TB in Liberia, by reducing the stigma and provide adequate funding to fight TB as well as caring for those who are afflicted with this disease.
The release further stressed that the emergence of drug-resistant TB poses a major health threat and could put at risk the gains made in efforts to end TB, adding in 2019, Liberia detected and placed in treatment the total of eight thousand, two hundred and eighty five (8285) TB cases.
Being conscious of the dangerous effects and difficulties TB poses, Liberia joins the global community today, Wednesday, March 24, 2021, to commemorate “World TB Day”., the proclamation added.
The celebration will also provide the platform to raise public awareness about the causes, diagnosis, treatment strategies and prevention of TB.
Reports show that Tuberculosis has existed for hundreds of year and remains a major global health problem; as it continues to be the top infectious killer worldwide, claiming over 4,500 lives a day. Press Release