Health Days 2014

World Tuberculosis Day
Know Tuberculosis before It Affects You
This annual event is marked on March 24th of every year to commemorate Dr. Robert Koch's discovery, in 1882, for tubercle bacillus causing tuberculosis, which was the first step towards diagnosing the disease and its treatment.  Of the 9 million people a year who get sick with TB, a third of them are "missed" by health systems. Many of these 3 million people live in the world’s poorest, most vulnerable communities or are among marginalized populations such as migrant workers, refugees and internally displaced persons, prisoners, indigenous peoples, ethnic minorities and drug users.
Rates of the Disease Incidence at the KSA Level:
According to statistics issued by the Ministry of Health (MOH), the pulmonary tuberculosis incidence rate reached 9.31 cases per 100.000 persons, whereas the non-pulmonary tuberculosis rate reached 4.34 cases per 100.000 persons.
Internationally Approved Date: 24/3/2014
Locally Approved Date: 23/5/1435H
Know Tuberculosis before It Affects You
Targeted Group:
  • Those injured with active tuberculosis.
  • Those suffering from latent tuberculosis (TB) infection.
  • Persons in contact with those injured with Tuberculosis for a long period of time.
  • Those working in the health care and in direct contact with tuberculosis patients.
  • The elderly.
  • Those who are immunocompromised such as HIV/AIDS patients.
  • Those with low income who live in unhealthy environments.
  • To early detect the affected cases by tuberculosis and treat them. 
  • To apply all preventive actions on tuberculosis patients.
  • To render the comprehensive care for patients.
  • To provide effective vaccines to protect against tuberculosis.
  • To free community of tuberculosis.
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