Key facts, hope in fight against Tuberculosis

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Considering that he earns Rs 4,045 per month (calculated from UP's per capita income), the saving for six months comes to 24,270.

He, however, said that in response to the country's huge burden of TB, the Federal Ministry of Health has developed a robust National Strategic plan (NSP) for TB which is expected to bring down the menace of missing cases by 2020. There are many out there in the society, who will not let others succeed, but people should trust their own abilities. The over-crowded areas such as urban slums therefore, throw up high-figures of TB infections.

The President will be joined by health minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi and CEO of TB-HIV care Gareth Lowndes in leading the World Health Organization's global initiative in collaboration with Stop TB partnership to light-up several landmarks across the world during Saturday's commemoration.

Kenyans are known as some of the the most techno-savvy people in Africa, with mobile phone penetration in Kenya's 44 million large population estimated at 35.6 million subscriptions or 87 per cent.

He said the GHS had also been applauded for its capacity to adopt and deploy countrywide, new technologies and tools, citing that in 2018, the Service would be rolling its first ever child friendly TB new paediatric formulation for treating TB in children, and newer shorter treatment regimen for Multi drug resistant TB under the NTCP. This kind of a treatment regime is hard to adhere to, especially when the symptoms disappear within the first 1 month of the treatment.

Multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) remains a public health crisis and a health security threat. On the economic side, those diagnosed with TB saved the money they would have spent in getting diagnosis. So, continuous innovation is crucial to the fight against the disease.

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Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by bacteria (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) that most often affect the lungs. He reminded that TB is curable if one takes the medicines on time and for the complete duration. This leads to drug resistance of the infection.

"We did a study on the first batch of 1,200 patients that were enrolled in the program and tracked them throughout the duration of the treatment".

In active TB, the germs are much active and multiply too quickly. Despite significant progress over the last decades, TB continues to be the top infectious killer worldwide, claiming over 4500 lives a day. Many a times, the patients miss out on one or the other of this.

Speaking at the End TB Summit, PM Narendra Modi said the Government was working in a mission mode to make India TB-free. A sum of $525 million was allocated in 2017, of which 74% was funded from domestic sources. And while we now have improved treatment options for latent TB, we must get better at delivering them to patients in need. This comes to Rs 500 per month per person.

Treatment should be started at the earliest, he said while adding that facilities are in place at government hospitals for the treatment of TB.