Tuberculosis battle must be won

Tuberculosis has become world's biggest communicable killer

To the editor:

Could we truly eradicate tuberculosis (TB)?

I am hoping the answer to this question lies within us and that with a fresh new government in power, we might be able to persuade the Canadian public to consider a world without this age old disease.

It is tempting to think TB does not affect us in Canada; however, in the far north, it is still a huge problem.

Given that one person with TB can infect 10 to 15 others within a year, it behooves us to do something about this. This year’s World Tuberculosis Day on March 24 was marked with the unfortunate distinction that we have now allowed this preventable, curable disease to become the world’s biggest communicable killer.

Let us consider what each one of us might be able to do to push in the right direction. To quote lead singer Bono of U2: “Because we can, we must!”

Connie Lebeau