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PM Modi urges citizens, organisations to take lead to end TB

24 March 2018

With around 2.8 million cases, India has the highest number of tuberculosis patients, the World Health Organisation's TB Report-2017 says.

World Tuberculosis Day is marked on March 24 in a bid to raise awareness about one of the most infectious diseases in the world.

In addition to observing World Tuberculosis Day, Gallagher said, the New Mexico Department of Health's Tuberculosis TeleECHO Clinic and Project ECHO at UNM are observing the third anniversary of their partnership using telehealth to improve access to high-quality TB care throughout the state. People who are health workers, doctors, NGO workers, parliamentarians and community leaders can all come together and be leaders in the effort to put an end to TB. In 2016, 1.7 million people died from TB, including around 374 000 people living with HIV.

TB is caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis, a germ that primarily affects the lungs but can affect other organs, such as the brain, kidneys and spine.

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The disease is mostly seen in the adults and is found mostly in the developing countries.

Even though TB is curable and preventable, over 95 per cent of related deaths happen in low and middle-income countries.

However, "once patients start feeling better after a few weeks, it becomes very hard to convince them to take toxic drugs for another five months - especially if patients have little or no understanding of germs and antibiotic resistance", Thies rued. We recognise the efforts of Nigerian researchers in various aspects of TB, especially, a new TB diagnostics, the Sweat TB Test, invented by a Nigerian researcher/physician.

Invoking the penalty clauses, the government hoped, would increase the notification rate from the private sector as almost 10 lakh TB patients are now not on the government radar, which means their treatment quality and duration remains a suspect. N- TB asks for specific details such as the height and weight of a person and then gives information about their health status based on the calculated BMI. The day is aimed towards achieving the target to end the epidemic of TB, globally. Fortunately, a large majority of the infected people have latent infection, which means they are not yet ill with the disease and can not transmit the disease. While attending End-TB Summit in Delhi, PM Modi mentioned that the government has been following certain principle of "treat every TB patient best at the very first opportunity".

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Nuala Whitehead, lead TB nurse and service manager at QA Hospital, said; 'The team and I are so excited that the Emirates Spinnaker Tower will be lighting up red for World TB Day.

Multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) remains a public health crisis and a health security threat.

"Early diagnosis and complete treatment of tuberculosis is the corner-stone of tuberculosis prevention and control strategy".

THE Spinnaker Tower will turn red this weekend to mark World TB Day. Most causes of TB are active TB.

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PM Modi urges citizens, organisations to take lead to end TB