India working to be TB-free by 2025, says PM Modi

Report TB or face jail term

According to the latest data by the Global Tuberculosis Report 2017, 27 Lakh new cases of TB were reported 2016. The CDC and its domestic and worldwide partners, including the National TB Controllers Association and the global Stop TB Partnership, are working together to eliminate this deadly disease. Over 95% of TB deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.

World Health Organization regional director for South-east Asia, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, also asked the countries to ensure all persons that have had contact with a TB patient are traced and also screened for the disease. 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. The over-crowded areas such as urban slums therefore, throw up high-figures of TB infections.

The countries are known as the "high burden countries" are those with the highest level of disease. Tobacco smoking, harmful use of alcohol and other substance abuse, air pollution, exposure to silica dust, living with HIV/AIDS, diabetes and malnutrition all increase the risk of TB.

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Finally, stay aware and stay TB-free!

The wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, who also doubles as Global TB Champion and Ambassador called on Nigerians to get tested for TB. This kind of a treatment regime is hard to adhere to, especially when the symptoms disappear within the first 1 month of the treatment. Almost 400 patients enrolled in these treatments have already reported notable progress, fewer side effects, and faster recoveries. Improved rapid diagnostics for active TB disease are now available, allowing for timely treatment and reduced transmission. However, these germs can get active with time if they are left untreated for too long.

TB is not confined to the lungs and throat. Mycobacterium tuberculosis is the type of bacteria which causes TB.

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Also read: Is Tuberculosis A Dangerous Disease? This is because TB, especially TB of lungs, can weaken the lungs forever. As mentioned earlier, TB is now curable.

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"Governments, parliamentarians and policy-makers should drive ambitious plans that will accelerate TB control at national level", he said. With malnutrition being a major problem in the country, TB patients suffering from the malnutrition need to focus on nutritional diets,"added Dr Prasanna". This comes to Rs 500 per month per person.

The first one (Section 269) relates to "negligent act likely to spread infection of disease risky to life" and comes with the penal provisions of imprisonment of six months or fine or both. The new system was developed with USAID's support and is in line with the Government's Taza Koom principles. This will require smooth communication between the Government and Private healthcare providers. Post-treatment follow-up of TB patient is minimal and requires due attention.

As with all health ailments, prevention is better than cure.

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