World TB Day: ‘TB chose me, because I am a strong person and I could fight back’

In a battle between Debashree Lokhande and Extremely-Drug Resistant TB (XXDR-TB), the gritty woman emerged victorious. The 30-year-old, who suffered from tuberculosis (TB) for seven years, has now successfully recovered from the respiratory disease

World TB Day: ‘TB chose me, because I am a strong person and I could fight back’She is not only invited by United Nations to deliver a talk on her journey as a TB survivor at Netherlands in it’s upcoming conference on TB but she is also doing patient advocacy on different platforms in the country. She has also started her full time work now as a senior architect in one […]

Mumbai: BMC to conduct door-to-door TB campaign in November

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is set to conduct a door-to-door tuberculosis campaign for two weeks this month. It aims to find the maximum of cases in congested and crammed slum areas of the city

Mumbai: BMC to conduct door-to-door TB campaign in NovemberThe door-to-door campaign will be held from November 12 to 24. The previous door-to-door campaign was in January, this year. From January 11 to 27. Health officers will visit the slum areas. Door-to-door check-ups will be conducted. Newly detected TB patients will be promptly treated. 297 teams of consisting of health workers have been formed. […]

WHO report: 10 million people developed TB in 2017; India accounts for 27% cases

Tuberculosis remains the world’s most lethal infectious killer. It claims more lives than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. TB is also a preventable, treatable, curable disease. Fewer people fell ill and died from tuberculosis last year but countries are still not doing enough to end TB by 2030. TB remains the world’s deadliest infectious disease. WHO calls for urgent action to #EndTB

WHO report: 10 million people developed TB in 2017; India accounts for 27% casesTuberculosis (TB) remains the world’s deadliest infectious disease although global efforts have averted an estimated 54 million tuberculosis (TB) deaths since 2000, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Tuesday. WHO, in its latest 2018 Global TB Report, says countries are still not doing enough to end TB by 2030 and calls for an unprecedented […]

Mumbai: Sewri TB Hospital witnesses decrease in the number of absconding patients

Various initiatives have been started by the Sewri TB Hospital administration to lift up the morale of the patients. Recently, a library was stared for the patients and performances were given by musicians. These measures have reduced the number of absconding patients

Mumbai: Sewri TB Hospital witnesses decrease in the number of absconding patientsIn 2018, just 76 patients absconded from the hospital and 341 patients sought discharge against medical advice (DAMA). Mumbai, the financial capital of India, has witnessed a rise in people suffering from tuberculosis. Under a Right to Information (RTI) report filed by RTI activist Chetan Kothari, it was revealed that at Sewri’s Tuberculosis (TB) Hospital, […]

Ministry of health constitutes National Technical Expert Group on treatment of TB

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare under Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program (RNTCP) has constituted National Technical Expert Group on Treatment of Tuberculosis. It is constituted to provide expert advice on the program of management of all forms of TB

Ministry of health constitutes National Technical Expert Group on treatment of TBThe expert group will give advice on drugs and treatment regimen of all forms of TB including paediatric, extra pulmonary and drug resistant forms of TB; offer regular update on treatment policies in line with international guidelines and WHO recommendation for TB treatment including DR/TB in public as well as private sector. They have also […]

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 […]

TB: Patients with no bank account can avail govt’s aid

According to a new circular from the Union Ministry, if a TB patient doesn't have a bank account, then Rs 500 towards the nutritious food will be deposited in the bank account of a close relative of the patient. So, patients with no bank account, also, can avail of this benefit

TB: Patients with no bank account can avail govt’s aidPeople those who are suffering from TB, but do not have their bank accounts, can still avail monetary help from the central government. The union health ministry has issued a directive to all the states, and the TB nodal officers, to transfer monetary aid in the accounts of the close relatives of the patients. The […]

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 […]

J P Nadda urges TB survivors to raise awareness about the disease

The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, today held a high level meeting to review the status of the National Leprosy Eradication Programme (NLEP) and the progress made under the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program (RNTCP)

J P Nadda urges TB survivors to raise awareness about the diseaseDuring the meeting, Nadda directed for a comprehensive strategy for addressing incidence, prevalence and surveillance aspects to eliminate leprosy at the district level. He further directed the officials to take up new interventions in areas where the prevalence is high and mount aggressive IEC campaigns to enhance awareness on prevention and control of leprosy in […]

Thane family wins battle against drug-resistant TB

The Chaturvedis have seen the toughest of times, emotionally and financially, when all of their children were struck by the drug-resistant infection. Today, they are all infection-free and are going to their respective colleges

Thane family wins battle against drug-resistant TBEven the most difficult situations can be overcome with the support of family – the Chaturvedis* have proven just that. The Thane residents found themselves in deep crisis when three children in the family were diagnosed with drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB). Though they suffered financial setbacks and the illness took a toll on the family, physically, […]