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Doctors, chemists to face jail term if they don't notify TB patient

24 March 2018

The disease kills an estimated 1.8 million people globally every year, with six countries accounting for almost two-thirds of the cases: India, Indonesia, China, Nigeria, Pakistan and South Africa.

World Tuberculosis Day observed on Saturday; the day is observed to raise public awareness to fight the global TB epidemic; President Ramnath Kovind calls upon all stakeholders to join hands in eliminating the disease by 2025.

The 2018 theme for World Tuberculosis Day is "Wanted: Leaders for a TB-Free World". But we need more heroes; leaders to push for strong political commitment to bring Dr Robert Koch's work to its end act and to consign TB to the history books.

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Porter also says, most people who are infected with TB are treated for the wrong infection.

Tuberculosis or TB is an infection caused by a germ named "Mycobacterium tuberculosis". Although several EU/EEA countries are progressing towards sustained low levels of TB incidence and some towards the pre-elimination phase (defined as less than 10 cases per million population), great diversity in TB disease burden remains within the sub-region.

"The unregulated private sector is our biggest challenge as many don't notify cases or follow the standard TB treatment protocol", a health ministry official said. In addition there is some cause for optimism as two new drugs have recently been developed that could be used in drug-resistant TB, bedaquiline and delamanid. Only about 1.3 million of them were known to be receiving treatment under the government's TB control program.

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Ensure rights-promoting and non-discriminatory service delivery for all, especially for people at higher risk of TB and HIV, such as children and marginalized populations, to protect them against catastrophic health expenditures in the context of universal health coverage. We need political leadership, and this year, Heads of State will meet in NY at the United Nations General Assembly for a high-level meeting on TB for the first time ever. It is usually when you spend a lot of time with a TB infected person that you too will catch the infection.

Continuous coughing for two or more weeks, blood in saliva & cough, sudden weight loss, lack of appetite, night sweats, fever, chills, and fatigue. 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.

Take diagnostics: the world now has rapid tests to diagnose pulmonary TB in a matter of hours, which is revolutionary. 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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Providing standardized treatment with supervision and support from adherence counselors in the most affected areas of the country. A health exhibition with educational activities is being staged at a shopping mall in Diamond Hill today and tomorrow (March 25) to promote messages on the prevention of TB to the public.

Doctors, chemists to face jail term if they don't notify TB patient