TAWAU July 21, 2012: Tuberculosis (TB) in Sabah is on the increase at an alarming rate stage that the state has been ranked highest having the most number of TB cases, where every 110 people per 100,000 are afflicted by the dreaded disease.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has rated Malaysia as a medium-risk infected country.
Tawau branch chairman of Sabah Anti-Tuberculosis Association (SABATA) Peter Lu Yit Pin disclosed that 424 TB cases were detected with 17 patients succumbing to the scourge in Tawau last year.
Up to the end of June this year, 268 cases were detected with 22 deaths reported.
Lu said the association views the rising trend of the disease with deep concern, when speaking at the launching of SABATA’s 2012 flag day yesterday.
The event was officiated by Assistant Minister of Finance Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan.
SABATA is a voluntary organisation committed towards the eradication of tuberculosis in the state by lending assistance to TB patients to go to the hospital for regular checkups and to obtain medications until their full recovery.
Some patients are each provided with a transport allowance and food parcels.
According to Lu, SABATA holds it flag day in July annually and he expressed his appreciation to the public for their support and generosity to help the association in its effort to contain TB in the state.
“Being a non-governmental organisation, we do not have sufficient financial strength and apart from receiving a government grant, we can only seek for public donation,” Lu pointed out.
Tawfiq meanwhile urged the community to continue supporting SABATA in their effort to eradicate TB.