On World TB Day, Health Ministry launches new initiatives to combat TB

Frederick Owens
March 25, 2018

This is after a study in Kenya and nine other countries showed that a one-month antibiotic regimen to prevent the disease is safer and more effective than the standard nine-month therapy.

Dr Bonsu said financing mechanisms to support treatment adherence by patients were no longer available, leading to poor treatment supervision and ultimately increases in drug resistant TB, saying the number of reported drug resistant cases had gone up such that in 2017, 198 cases were reported compared to 30 in 2013.

"It has to a mission to End TB by 2025, through community participation, involving civil societies and other stakeholders", said Mrs Preeti Sudan, Secretary (Health) at a function on the occasion of "World TB Day", here today.

In one year, 22 such machines have been added to city's TB care program and now the sputum results come same day.

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A few days back the Central government announced that it would take strict action, including jail term from six months to two years, against those pharmacists, chemists, doctors and private hospitals who fail to notify TB patients. The significant symptoms which may point towards a person having TB is continued cough for over three weeks, coughing up blood, chest pain, sudden weight loss, fatigue, fever, night sweats, chills and loss of appetite.

I believe that we are becoming part of a movement that says, "It is TB's time".

An estimated 53 million lives were saved through TB diagnosis and treatment between 2000 and 2016.

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At USAID, collaboration with partners has helped diagnose and treat 15 million people with tuberculosis.

A new report released by the Nigeria Thoracic Society (NTS) has revealed that Nigeria ranks high among 22 countries with severe cases of tuberculosis worldwide and the highest burden in Africa.

To make matters worse, TB disproportionately affects the people from lower income communities. In certain cases, patients do not respond to the commonly used TB treatment.

World Health Organization says that "When it comes to the biggest worldwide killer that kills through a single infectious agent, Tuberculosis (TB) comes second only to HIV/AIDS".

Though the number of new cases has been falling for some years, multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) remains a public health crisis and a health security threat. It is airborne, highly contagious and knows no borders. He also appealed to the people to cooperate with the health department to eradicate TB as per the target set by the government to make India TB-free by 2025.

The app is specially designed for TB patients to provide them nutritional information.

PPIA was a joint proposal between RNTCP and the worldwide PATH foundation in order to research and text TB cases in the private sector. Post graduate from National Institute of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases, New Delhi.

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