India Vows To End TB By 2025

A doctor examines a patient suffering from tuberculosis during his visit at the Government TB hospital in Hyderabad India Tuesday

This is five years ahead of the 2030 deadline set by other countries. The main focus this year is on building commitment to end TB. This needs to accelerate to a 4-5% annual decline to reach the 2020 milestones of the End TB Strategy.

Speaking at the End TB Summit, PM Narendra Modi said the Government was working in a mission mode to make India TB-free.

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Success rate of treatment in the country is 95 percent, but around 33 percent of TB patients can not be reached, they said at a press conference organised by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, National TB Control Programme (NTP), and Brac on the occasion of World TB Day, to be observed tomorrow, said a press release. Seven countries account for 64 per cent of the total, with India leading the count, as per WHO.

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.

The biggest challenge in ocular TB is the diagnosis.

In India in particular, the fight against TB will now be in mission mode.

The countries are known as the "high burden countries" are those with the highest level of disease.

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"Last year we saw three cases, the year before we saw four cases and statewide the year before that we saw nine cases, so we're definitely on the downswing", said Whitney. Yet each year millions still suffer, and often die, from this preventable, treatable and curable disease.

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

Symptoms include persistent cough, bloody sputum, fever, chills and weight loss. The key to effectively tackling TB is for quick diagnosis as this helps to stop it from spreading to others. A new randomised trial called SHINE is looking to shorten standard treatment for children with drug-susceptible TB from 6 to 4 months.

Ocular TB or tuberculosis affecting the eye has become quite common in the city with around 200 patients being diagnosed with ocular TB annually. "Prevalence of MDR TB is nearly 4-7 per cent", said Dr Salil Bendre, Chest Physician, Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital.

Tuberculosis has no shortage of high profile heroines.

"We are already seeing a rise in the number of Multi-Drug Resistant (MDR) and Extremely Drug Resistant (XDR)-tuberculosis".

Though most of the research the Council funds is carried out in New Zealand, Professor McPherson says the Council always looks at the quality of the proposal, first and foremost. "Cell-based therapy/ immunotherapy is one such modality wherein cells from ones' own body may be used to treat TB", said Mahajan. Sneeze or cough using tissue covering your nose and mouth and dispose of the tissue properly.

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