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Spotlight on ending tuberculosis

March 26, 2023

The Barbados Government has committed to implementing a global strategy to end tuberculosis (TB) by 2030.

Minister of Health and Wellness, Senator Dr. The Most Honourable Jerome Walcott, gave the assurance during an event to mark World Tuberculosis Day, hosted by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

He said it is a global reality that people living with tuberculosis are among the most marginalised and vulnerable within their society.

Tuberculosis is caused by bacteria that most often affect the lungs. TB is spread from person to person through the air.

Dr. Walcott says it is unfortunate that the COVID-19 pandemic has reversed progress in the fight against TB by over a decade, as access to essential prevention and care services was severely affected.

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