Norfolk scientist praises ground-breaking meeting on deadly disease
PUBLISHED: 08:25 25 September 2018 | UPDATED: 08:51 25 September 2018
The United Nations is to hold their first ever meeting on a deadly disease which affects more than 5,000 people in England yearly.
On Wednesday, September 26, global attention will be focused on finding ways to fight Tuberculosis at a High-Level meeting in New York.
Mark Pointer, who works in the microbiology department at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital said: “TB has a low profile and has become neglected. TB is a horrible disease and those affected can face years of treatment, consisting thousands of pills that can cause severe and permanent side effects.”
“[In Norfolk] We live only two hours away from Stratford in London, which is actually the TB capital of Western Europe.
“We cannot be complacent as anyone can catch TB – especially with the emergence of multi-resistant TB strains.”
Mr Pointer hopes this historic UN meeting on TB, will see ambitious commitments from global heads of states, including our own prime minister, Theresa May.