How missed calls are saving lives of TB patients in India


Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind on World Tuberculosis Day on Saturday urged all stakeholders to help eliminate the disease by 2025. Government's Ujjwala Yojna is also contributing towards controlling TB. In recent years, the DH and the HA laboratories have efficiently reduced the time in making diagnoses and provided better support to front-line doctors by adopting molecular technology in quick testing.

More than a quarter of tuberculosis patients in India are resistant to at least one commonly used drug to treat the disease, stated a new national survey conducted to understand the prevalence of drug-resistance among TB patients in the country.

Section 270 says a malignant act likely to spread infectious disease risky to life could land a person in jail for up to two years, or with fine, or both. Of the 10.4 million people who caught the disease past year, too few have been properly diagnosed or treated.

In the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA), TB continues to be a major public health challenge with 58,994 cases notified in 2016.

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Success rate of treatment in the country is 95 percent, but around 33 percent of TB patients can not be reached, they said at a press conference organised by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, National TB Control Programme (NTP), and Brac on the occasion of World TB Day, to be observed tomorrow, said a press release.

Continuous coughing for two or more weeks, blood in saliva & cough, sudden weight loss, lack of appetite, night sweats, fever, chills, and fatigue. The disease kills more than 5000 children, women and men each day and leaves no country untouched. Following a new roadmap on improving prevention and treatment of tuberculosis (TB) developed with USAID's support, the Kyrgyz Republic is adopting new treatment models, modernizing the health system, and providing new incentives for doctors, the US Embassy in Bishkek reports. "The treatment is a lengthy one but most patients who take medications in a proper way can beat the disease effectively", said Dr Puneet Khanna, Senior Consultant & Head, Respiratory Medicine Intervention Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine, Aakash Healthcare Super Speciality Hospital.

TB was once a disease that affected people from all walks of life - including Frederic Chopin, Eleanor Roosevelt and George Orwell. First, we should diversify the categories of patients we treat: for instance, our DS-TB cohort has halved in size in the past ten years; we will take on more of these patients. Apart from over-crowding, smoking habits, HIV-positive status, low nutrition levels and high air pollution make populations susceptible to TB. Seven countries account for 64 per cent of the total, with India leading the count, as per WHO.

Ending the global TB and HIV epidemics is possible. "However", she continued, "they may develop TB disease in the future and are often prescribed treatment to prevent them from developing TB disease". There is an increase in MDR TB patients in last few years.