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Nunatsiavut launches Tuberculosis awareness campaign

On March 22, the Nunatsiavut Government’s Department of Health and Social Development will launch a tuberculosis (TB) awareness campaign.

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According to a release, the launch is in advance of World TB Day, celebrated on March 24 each year, and is in response to outbreaks, involving teens and young adults, in the communities of Nain and Hopedale over the past number of years.

“TB transmission is typically among older adults who develop active TB then transmit to family members within their homes or close-living arrangements,” says Health and Social Development Minister Greg Flowers in the release from the Nunatsiavut government. “The recent outbreaks, however, appear to be related to high-risk behavior from sharing cigarettes and smoking devices such as third lungs and bongs used to smoke marijuana.”

On March 22, events will be held in the following communities:

Rigolet: Community Centre from 4:30-7 p.m.

Postville: Recreation Hall from 12 noon-1 p.m.

Makkovik: Community Hall from 5-7 p.m.

Hopedale: Nanuk Centre from 5-7 p.m.

Nain: Jerry Sillett Community Centre from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Happy Valley-Goose Bay: 8 Hillcrest Road (emergency shelter) from 12 noon-1:30 p.m.

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