TORONTO, March 22 /CNW/ - The World Health Organization recognizes
March 24 as World TB Day. This year's theme is "TB Anywhere is TB Everywhere."
"Toronto is an international city and though TB rates are low in Canada
compared to countries around the world, Toronto continues to have one quarter
of the reported TB cases in the country," said Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Director of
Communicable Disease Control. "It is important for Toronto Public Health to
continue to work together with our partners in the prevention, control and
reduction of TB in Toronto."
There are approximately 370 to 400 cases of TB disease each year in
Toronto. More than 90 per cent of these cases are in people who have
immigrated to Canada although they may have been here for many years. Toronto
Public Health (TPH) works with community groups, health care professionals and
settlement agencies to increase TB awareness and to advocate for timely
medical follow up and treatment. TPH also provides ongoing TB education to new
immigrants and refugees through English as a Second Language (ESL) and
Language Instruction for Newcomers in Canada (LINC) Programs.
To further enhance services, TPH now has a TB Stop storefront located on
the main floor of 277 Victoria St. TPH staff work with TB clients, provide
drop in services for the homeless and underhoused, and provide education and
outreach to clients, shelters, drop in centres, community organizations,
correctional facilities and probation and parole offices.
The City of Toronto's World TB Day activities include Settlement Workers'
Workshops on accessing health care services for newcomers, TB Skin Test
Workshops for long term care homes and hospitals, presentations, medical
rounds, displays at various hospitals, and an open house for the TB Stop.
Visit www.toronto.ca/health/tb_prevention/index.htm for more information
about World TB Day in Toronto.
Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine
of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America.
In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and
innovation in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to
prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.
Visit our website at www.toronto.ca/health
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For further information: Media contact: Rishma Govani, Toronto Public
Health, (416) 338-7974