THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Region VI joined the celebration of 2019 World Tuberculosis (TB) Day fun run activity led by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Region 6 in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH) and Iloilo City Health Office on March 24, 2019.
Said fun run was also a fund raising activity for the benefit of Philippine Tuberculosis Society Iloilo Chapter, Inc. and Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL) in the war of the 37 jails in Western Visayas.
With the theme “It’s time to end TB”, the activity aims to create awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of TB, and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic. March 24 marks the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the bacterium that causes TB, which opened the way towards diagnosing and curing this disease.
This year’s World TB Fun Run had a total of 3,400 participants in two major events composing of 3k and 4k run. The event was successful since the number of participants increased this year in comparison to last year’s event.