Greenland sets its sights on tackling high TB rates
“The road to success must be built on significant, long-term and sustained efforts”
Tuberculosis continues to pose a major threat to health in Greenland.
“The size of the challenge we face cannot be underestimated. The road to an acceptable incidence of the disease is long. The path to extinction [of TB] is even longer,” the Greenland government said March 23 in a statement released in advanced of World TB Day, March 24.
In 2014, 95 cases of TB were detected — which means Greenlandic Inuit suffer from TB at about the same high rate as Canadian Inuit.
Greenland is actively fighting TB through a strong national TB strategy, dedicated health care, new diagnostic possibilities and political support, the government’s statement said.
Homeless infectious TB patients constitute a major source of disease spread in several cities in Greenland, and particularly in Nuuk, the statement said.
And complete eradication of the disease will require improved housing, reduced unemployment and generally better living conditions for the disadvantaged, the Greenland government said.
“The road to success must be built on significant, long-term and sustained efforts from the central authorities, from health care and from the citizens themselves.”
Greenland also has its own website in Greenlandic and Danish with a quiz about TB that offers winners a gift certificate of roughly $100 Canadian.