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World TB Day commemorated

Mar 24, 2011 11:01:05 AM - itnnews.lk

Today is World Tuberculosis Day. This year’s theme is “Wipe out Tuberculosis from Sri Lanka.” The national ceremony to mark the event was held at the “Pulathisi Buddhi Mandapaya” in Polonnaruwa.

The Chief Guest at the ceremony was Minister Maithripala Sirisena. School children, members of the Security Forces and Hospital workers were among those present. Addressing the function, the Minister said that the Ministry was taking every possible measure to wipe out the disease from the motherland. He noted that about 40 percent of the population contracts the bacteria. But due to their healthiness, they are able to preventing from contracting the disease. He added that tuberculosis can be permanently cured by constantly using drugs for six months.

Representatives of the World Health Organisation were also present.