TB patients and survivors who participated at the World TB Day commemorations in Luderitz, ||Kharas Region, have stated that a positive diagnosis of the disease is not the end of the world. 

Among them was Josef Swartz, a TB survivor, who narrated, "As we gather to commemorate World TB Day, let us not forget the millions of people who have lost their lives to this preventable and curable disease. Let us honour their lives by doubling our efforts to end TB once and for all. Let us work tirelessly to ensure that every individual, regardless of their socio-economic status or geographic location, has access to life-saving TB services. Together, we have the power to create a world free from the burden of TB. Let us unite our voices, our resources, and our resolve in the fight against TB."

Edward Masala is a TB patient who also addressed the audience at the event. He had this to say: "I am currently in the middle of my treatment; I take my medication faithfully every day with support, and you know what? Since I started taking my treatment, I have noticed a significant improvement in my overall well-being. Yes,  it has been quite a challenging journey, but I am determined to see it through to the end."

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