Letter to the Editor
Tuberculosis (TB) concerns
Media in Canada, the US and UK recently reported that there were over 41,000 cases of measles in Europe so far in 2018, and 37 were fatal. This is particularly tragic because vaccines have been available since the 1960s. However, I wonder why we are not hearing about the epidemic of TB. It is preventable and largely curable, but is killing over 4,500 people every day. My hometown of Sioux Lookout has a population of 5,200, and the mind boggles in trying to imagine it decreasing to 700 people overnight.
Although this is mainly happening “over there” in the Global South, the incidence of TB among Canada’s Inuit is currently being addressed as the crisis it is. The World Health Organization's End TB Strategy aims to effectively eliminate TB by 2035, but this will not happen without the political will of world leaders. We hope that Prime Minister Trudeau attends the United Nation’s high level meeting on TB in September.
Sherry Moran, Ottawa