The second phase of campaign which seeks to detect hidden cases of TB will commence in Maharashtra from July 17 to 30. In the first phase of campaign from the total of as many as 2,650 cases detected nationally, 161 were found in Mumbai, Thane, Bhiwandi and Pune.
The campaign will be launched in Aurangabad, Beed, Buldhana, Osmanabad, Satara, Solapur, Washim, Tawatmal, Ahmednagar, Kolhapur, Nagpur Navi Mumbai, Sangali, Solapur and Ulhasnagar. The second phase of campaign will run under the government of India’s ‘Active TB Case Finding campaign’ which is part of the government’s long-term plan to eliminate the disease by 2025.
An intensive door-to-door campaign would be taken up in the second phase to detect TB cases that have gone unreported. The exercise to detect TB will be carried out in high-risk areas of these districts with vulnerable groups such as migrant clusters, residents of old-age homes, refugee camps, prisoners, and glass, weaving and cotton mill workers.
The officer requesting anonymity said, “We have written to district health officer of all the Zilla Parishad’s which are included in the second phase. We have informed them about the guidelines and a training program is already undertaken and asked them to identify patients who would have symptoms, such as a cough, for more than two weeks, a spike in fever during the evenings and weight loss.
Government sources revealed that annually, as many as one million TB cases go unreported across India. This happens as people are either not aware of the disease or not inclined to seek treatment. Last year, from a total of 3,586 patients living with TB in Pune, at least 2,782 were newly-detected cases and 634 were newly-detected TB cases in Pimpri Chinchwad.
The first phase of the campaign was carried out in 55 districts across the country from January 15 to 30. The third round of the same campaign will be conducted across India from December 4 to December 18.