Virendra Sharma called for increased awareness which will lead to eradicating TB by 2030, reports Asian Lite.
Virendra Sharma, local member of parliament, led an international call for greater action against tuberculosis (TB), the world’s deadliest infectious disease, at the inaugural European TB Summit, a meeting of parliamentarians from across the EU and Central Asia who came together to discuss the necessary steps to tackle the disease.
The World Health Organization estimated that 1.5 million people died from the disease in 2014. Like other bacteria, TB is also becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics. This is a particular problem in the European region, which has the highest rates of drug-resistant TB in the world. Drug-resistant TB can take 24 months to treat and only 50% of patients are successfully cured. Experts recently estimated that, an additional 9,400 people could die in UK as a result of drug-resistant TB over the next 35 years.
The European TB Summit brought parliamentarians together from across the region to discuss what more could be done to tackle the disease. Mr Sharma and the other representatives discussed the response to the disease with some of the world’s leading experts and endorsed a Call to Action against the disease as well as agreeing individual steps in each of their countries. In particular, they agreed to target greater coordination between national governments and push for greater priority to be placed on tackling drug-resistant TB which experts estimate could claim 2 million additional lives in Europe over the next 35 years without concerted action.
The European TB Summit was organised by the Global TB Caucus, an international network of parliamentarians dedicated to raising the profile of TB. It was founded in 2014 by British Member of Parliament, Nick Herbert MP, and Minister Aaron Motsoaledi of South Africa.