THE impact of tuberculosis on the overall health status and socio-economic well being, especially for the more vulnerable in our society, is extensive.
Republic of Fiji Military Forces Land Force Commander Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga said this during the Tuberculosis Champions certificate presentation ceremony at the PJ Twomey Hospital in Tamavua on Thursday.
"It was proven that TB surpasses all other causes of women deaths and it infects roughly four million women annually and kills over 75,000 globally per annum," Col. Tikoitoga said.
"No one can deny that TB is re-emerging in many regions of the world as the next millennium's gravest threat to global health and well being," he said.
"TB has the potential to have a major negative impact on the survival, growth and development of our population and the stigma faced by TB infected women and young people are devastating as it disenfranchises the affected individuals.
"And it adds to the potential risks of inadequate or improper treatment thus prolonging the disease and subsequently the suffering."
He said more research must be done to identify the epidemiology of TB in children, especially in the context of rising HIV/AIDS.