Vitamin D can help treat drug-resistant TB, reveals UK study

The World Health Organization estimates that 10.0 million people developed active tuberculosis in 2017, and that 1.6 million people died of this disease

Vitamin D can help treat drug-resistant TB, reveals UK studyAccording to a study of 1,850 patients receiving antibiotic treatment led by Queen Mary University of London. Vitamin D has been found to speed up the clearance of tuberculosis (TB) bacteria from the lungs of people affected with multi-drug resistant TB. Multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB is caused by bacteria that are resistant to treatment with […]

Maha: MARD demands fixing duty hours and remuneration hike

Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), submitted a letter to the director, of DMER Mumbai on Saturday regarding fixing duty hours of resident doctors, asking for TB leave for resident doctors and increasing the monthly remuneration received by resident doctors of Maharashtra

Maha: MARD demands fixing duty hours and remuneration hikeThe organisation met additional municipal commissioner I Kundan and chief of medical I Kundan and chief of medical education department Dr Pravin Shingare to highlight these issues. The letter mentions that, “During double emergency it goes up to 24-36 hours at a time. There is no time to sleep and eat, no time to personal […]

India accounts for 1/4th of the world’s MDR-TB patients, admits J P Nadda

India faces an uphill battle if it has to meet its target of eradicating tuberculosis by the year 2025. Union health minister JP Nadda today informed the Lok Sabha that tuberculosis among children is on the rise. He also added that India contributes for 1/4th of the world’s multi-drug resistant cases

India accounts for 1/4th of the world’s MDR-TB patients, admits J P NaddaIndia has reported the highest number of childhood tuberculosis cases in the world for the last three consecutive years. The reported number of childhood tuberculosis cases in 2015, 2016 and 2017 is 99,133, 1,04,886 and 1,05,568 respectively as per WHO Global TB report database. Contact investigations are carried out to identify and treat TB among […]

Overcrowding, poor ventilation responsible for rising TB cases, states CM Fadnavis

While giving a written reply in the Maharashtra assembly, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis stated, factors like increase in population, congested buildings and lack of proper ventilation are responsible for the rise in TB cases

Overcrowding, poor ventilation responsible for rising TB cases, states CM FadnavisMaharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has admitted that Mumbai, has recorded a rise in the number of tuberculosis cases. From April 2017 to March 2018, Mumbai has recorded 45,000 TB cases. While the number of MDR-TB patients is 4,891. As India, is gearing up to eliminate the menace of TB, Mumbai, the financial capital of […]

Provide bedaquiline to all MDR TB patients: Central govt directive

The central government has issued a directive to all civic and government hospitals to provide bedaquiline to all Multi-Drug Resistant (MDR) patients. Earlier, it would be administered to few MDR patients who fit a certain criteria  

Provide bedaquiline to all MDR TB patients: Central govt directiveDespite significant progress over the last decades, TB continues to be the top infectious killer disease worldwide, claiming over 4,500 lives a day. The emergence of drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) poses a major health threat and could put at risk gains made in efforts to end TB. India currently contributes 25% of all multi-drug resistant TB […]

Soon: BMC to set up OPD’s in civic hospitals for MDR-TB patients 

Mumbai is witnessing a rise in the number of cases related to MDR-TB. The BMC has decided to set up a dedicated Out Patient Department's (OPD's) at four civic-run medical colleges and hospitals

Soon: BMC to set up OPD’s in civic hospitals for MDR-TB patients   Mumbai has recorded 4,891 cases of Multi-Drug Resistant TB (MDR-TB) in 2017. As compared to 2015, the cases rose by alarming 36 per cent. Mumbai contributes to 70% of the total MDR-TB cases reported in Maharashtra. In order to tackle the rising threat of MDR-TB, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has decided to set up […]

Medical colleges to be recognised, only if they have MDR-TB centres

The Medical Council of India (MCI) has taken the decision that from now onwards, private and government medical colleges will be recognised only if they have Multi Drug Resistant (MDR)-TB centre. This decision has been communicated to the health ministry and TB control programme officers  

Medical colleges to be recognised, only if they have MDR-TB centresEarlier the union government had written to the Medical Council of India, to make drug-resistant TB centre mandatory in order for the medical colleges to be recognised. In what is considered as a major boost to the #EndTB campaign in the country, the government of India has made opening MDR-TB centres while applying for the […]

#EndTB: Pharmacists to get Rs 1,000 for treating TB patients

With an aim to eradicate tuberculosis, the union government has undertaken a decision to provide monetary incentives to doctors and pharmacist who treat TB patients. Per case doctors will be allotted Rs 500, while pharmacist will be allotted Rs 1,000. My Medical Mantra spoke to Dr Sunil Khaparde; Deputy Director General of central TB division regarding what is India’s strategy to fight against tuberculosis

#EndTB: Pharmacists to get Rs 1,000 for treating TB patientsIndia 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). 4 lakh people die due to TB every year 29 lakh new TB cases are diagnosed per year Elimination of TB is a mammoth task set before the union […]