- Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but they can also damage other parts of the body. TB spreads through the air when a person with TB of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, or talks.
- Tuberculosis (TB) was responsible for 1.7 million deaths in 2016, despite most cases being curable. Over 10 million people contract TB every year. WHO South-East Asia Region, which hosts about one-fourth of the global population, shares a disproportionate 46% global TB disease burden.
- India continues to have the highest number of tuberculosis (TB) cases in the world, stated the Global TB Report 2017 released by World Health Organization (WHO).
- On PM Modi’s direction, a national strategic plan has been developed to eradicate TB by the year 2020 to 2025.
- One of the most welcoming schemes in the budget this year was about nutritional support for tuberculosis (TB) patients in India. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced in his budget speech about allocation of Rs 600 crore nutritional support to TB patients in the country.
As per Union health ministry’s order, the government is providing assistance for nutritional support to each TB patient at the rate of Rs 500 per month. If funds are not available, then the same may be met out from other pools where surplus fund is available.
The payments can be made through the an Aadhar linked DBT mechanism through the Public Financial Management System (PFMS). However, it may be ensured that no beneficiary be denied his/her rightful entitlements for non-possession of Aadhar card.
Request has been made to ensure that the payments under these heads are released promptly to give benefit of this scheme to maximum TB patients across the state.