Suva takes advantage of TB screening

TB survivor Raymond Yam receives his certificate from Grant Management Unit's manager, Ministry of Health, Vasiti Nawadra Taylor, during the new TB logo launch and awareness at Sukuna Park last night. Picture: RAMA

TB survivor Raymond Yam receives his certificate from Grant Management Unit's manager, Ministry of Health, Vasiti Nawadra Taylor, during the new TB logo launch and awareness at Sukuna Park last night. Picture: RAMA

Update: 4:44PM MEMBERS of the public took advantage of free tuberculosis (TB) screenings organised by the National TB Program to commemorate World TB Day at Ratu Sukuna Park in Suva last night.

National TB control officer Dr Frank Underwood said in Fiji, TB was still a health concern and people needed to take simple measures in order to avoid getting affected.

“Even though Fiji is considered a medium burden country when it comes to TB, we with the rest of the world are committed to eradicating the disease. This year’s theme is focused to generate attention nationally in terms of commitment in all levels of the community,” Dr Underwood said.

He said they offered immunisation to new-born babies called BCG vaccine, which prevented harmful forms of TB from developing.

“This includes TB of the brain, which can cause deaths in children. We are encouraging parents to get their children immunised. We also offer preventative therapy for members of families who may be exposed to the disease but are well.”

Dr Underwood said patients should be faithful in completing their treatments.

During the celebrations, the National TB program launched its new logo and survivors of TB were awarded certificates of completing their treatments.

The theme for 2018 World TB Day is ‘Wanted: Leaders for a TB-Free World’.