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WHO Urges the Governments to Act Faster Against Tuberculosis

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16 Oct 2016 - General
 

According to "Global Tuberculosis Report” published by WHO recently, countries need to move much faster to prevent, detect, and treat the disease if they are to meet global targets to end the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals. They include a 90% reduction in TB deaths and an 80% reduction in TB cases by 2030 compared with 2015.

The report highlights the significant inequalities among countries in providing TB patients with an existing cost-effective diagnosis and treatment interventions that can accelerate the rate of decline in TB worldwide. The report also signals the need for stronger political commitment and increased funding.

While efforts to respond to TB saved more than 3 million lives in 2015, the report shows that the TB burden is actually higher than previously estimated, reflecting new surveillance and survey data from India.

In 2015, there were an estimated 10.4 million new TB cases worldwide. Six countries accounted for 60% of the total burden, with India bearing the brunt, followed by Indonesia, China, Nigeria, Pakistan and South Africa.

Tuberculosis is a great burden indeed. We have to fight this strong enemy with a few available weapons. Anti TB drugs are few in number and the drug resistance is also rising. In our country, a National TB Control Program was taken at the beginning of this century which is still running successfully. The facilities to detect tuberculosis by chest skiagram and sputum examination is available now at rural area too. Anti TB drugs are provided free of cost and the compliance is ensured with DOTS (di...
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Tuberculosis is a great burden indeed. We have to fight this strong enemy with a few available weapons. Anti TB drugs are few in number and the drug resistance is also rising. In our country, a National TB Control Program was taken at the beginning of this century which is still running successfully. The facilities to detect tuberculosis by chest skiagram and sputum examination is available now at rural area too. Anti TB drugs are provided free of cost and the compliance is ensured with DOTS (di...
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I agree with you Theekshana Abayawickrama that multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) has become a real public health crisis. WHO estimates that 480 000 people fell ill with MDR-TB in 2015. Three countries carry the major burden of MDR-TB – India, China, and the Russian Federation – which together account for nearly half of all cases globally. It is great to learn about the ongoing program in your country too,...
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Few years ago, our health department already launched a program against TB. They made the medications more available in all public health centers. This was called the Directly-Observed Treatment Shortcourse (DOTS) strategy. Now there are more health facilities that are equipped to provide care for patients with tuberculosis. Even private hospitals are now involved, as well as other non-government organizations. More health workers also obtained training in detection of tuberculosis and providing...
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Tuberculosis is indeed a much greater problem than it appears. Earlier, when tuberculosis was first discovered, it was considered an incurable disease. TB was deadly and everyone feared it. Then came along new antibiotics that could eliminate the bacteria completely, and soon enough tuberculosis was not so deadly after all in the eyes of the patients. Patients seem to care less about their condition, treatment defaulters increased in numbers. And now, the society is burdened with multi drug res...
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