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DOH Sets Guinness World Record for ‘World TB Day’

World TB Day

The Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines recently achieved a significant milestone by breaking India’s Guinness World Record for the “largest human lung formation” on World Tuberculosis (TB) Day. This record-breaking event aimed to raise awareness about TB and combat the stigma associated with the disease.

World TB Day

Record-Breaking Attempt

According to The Philippine Star, led by the DOH and its partners, the attempt gathered over 5,596 participants at Quirino Grandstand, Manila, surpassing the previous record set by India. Participants from diverse backgrounds, including health workers, students, and community members, came together to support the cause.

Importance of TB Awareness

TB remains a global concern, with the Philippines having the third-highest number of cases worldwide. Despite being curable, TB continues to be a leading cause of death in the country. The record-breaking attempt served as a platform to emphasize the importance of early detection, treatment, and prevention of TB.

Under the theme “Tuloy ang Bayanihan, TB ay Tuldukan,” the event highlighted the collective effort needed to address the TB epidemic. Participants included a wide range of individuals, demonstrating solidarity in the fight against TB.

Guinness World Record Achievement

While initially over 5,747 people attended, 151 participants were disqualified for leaving the event prematurely. Nevertheless, the achievement symbolizes a significant step in reshaping perceptions and advancing the global conversation on TB.

Beyond setting a record, the event served as a call to action to overcome the challenges posed by TB. Through increased awareness, stigma reduction, and government initiatives, the Philippines aims to curb the TB epidemic and save lives.

Overall…

The DOH’s successful Guinness World Record attempt underscores the nation’s commitment to tackling TB and promoting public health. By engaging communities and raising awareness, the Philippines aims to prevent unnecessary deaths and achieve TB eradication goals.

 

Read Also: DOH plans to Construct 28 Health Facilities for Poor Filipinos by 2028

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Written by Marjo Piedad

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