State officials dismiss claim of shortages of cartridges used for ‘GeneXpert’

A total of 72 government run centres provide GeneXpert facility in Maharashtra which carry out Cartridge-Based Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (CBNAAT), which gives out report within two hours. These tests are crucial for detection of TB in HIV positive patient and detection of Multi Drug Resistant (MDR) TB cases

State officials dismiss claim of shortages of cartridges used for ‘GeneXpert’A tuberculosis (TB) official from Maharashtra has dismissed any claims of shortages of cartridges used in GeneXpert facility for the rapid detection of TB. These cartridges are used for rapid detection and treatment of suspected multi-drug resistant (MDR-TB) patients as well as those with HIV-TB comorbidity. Sanjeev Kamble, Joint Director of state for TB, said, […]

‘India must fully fund and implement the new National Strategic Plan for TB elimination’

“Without substantial investments, it will be very challenging for a country like India to eliminate TB by 2025. India has a bold new National Strategic Plan (NSP) in place, and government should fund and implement it without delay. It should also focus on making new diagnostics, drugs and vaccines for TB,” says Dr Madhukar Pai, Director McGill Global Health Programs. Dr Madhu Pai also serves on the STAG-TB committee of World Health Organisation

‘India must fully fund and implement the new National Strategic Plan for TB elimination’India has the highest burden of TB. As many as 2.8 million new TB cases were estimated in India in 2015. In fact, India accounts for 27% of the world’s 10.4 million new TB cases, and 29% of the 1.8 million TB deaths globally. India also accounts for 16% of the estimated 4,80,000 new cases of […]