#EndTB: Every TB patient should get equal rights to medicines

Debashree Lokhande, a Pune resident, is a survivor of XXDR TB. She was recently invited to the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Hyderabad to deliver a talk on different TB-related topics. She was one of the 60 survivors chosen across the globe aimed at creating a coordinated global advocacy movement. When she […]

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Mumbai: BMC survey finds 172 positive cases of tuberculosis

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had dispatched 2,700 teams, consisting of one male and female worker each, who screened as many as 10 lakh households in the slums More than 5,000 Mumbaikars are suspected to have tuberculosis (TB) and around 2,362 may be at the risk of leprosy, as per the findings of a health […]

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#EndTB: ICMR, central TB division initiates survey to find prevalence of the disease in Maharashtra

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), in collaboration with, Central TB Division has initiated a nation-wide survey to find the prevalence of Pulmonary TB at the state level. On Wednesday, a dedicated state-of-the-art van is flagged off from Pune, to carry out the survey in Maharashtra. After many years such a survey for the […]

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3 million people miss out on TB treatment, reveals WHO

More people received life-saving treatment for tuberculosis (TB) in 2018 than ever before, largely due to improved detection and diagnosis. Globally, 7 million people were diagnosed and treated for TB – up from 6.4 million in 2017 – enabling the world to meet one of the milestones towards the United Nations political declaration targets on […]

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Parental pressure compels resident doctors to leave Sewri TB Hospital

  The civic-run Sewri Tuberculosis (TB) Hospital has been facing a shortage of staff and resident doctors. Major surgeries have been pending since the past few months. According to experts, fear of contracting the infection is the main reason why young doctors do not want to work at the TB Hospital. Dr Lalitkumar Anande, Medical […]

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Maharashtra: Special detection campaign for non-communicable diseases begins from today

Coinciding with the run-up to the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the state of Maharashtra, started a special patient search campaign has been launched in the state from today. This will continue till September 28. Under this campaign, nearly 8.66 crore people will be examined for various diseases. “This survey will cover all the […]

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BMC releases its future road map to ensure a TB-free Mumbai

The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) had released Mumbai Mission for TB control in 2013, a comprehensive strategic plan to improve the access to TB care in the public and private sector. Also, all patients are being provided quality treatment and care which has improved the treatment success rate. Achievement of private sector engagement […]

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As India sees rise in new TB cases, private sector notifications lag in Maha

TB: Discontinue drug donations of bedaquiline offered by J&J, health activists urge Health Ministry

The health activists have written a letter to Union Health Minister J P Nadda, urging him to discontinue and phase out the drug donations of BDQ offered by J&J to RNTCP. The TB activists further demand that the government should immediately establish a proper forecast mechanism to determine the number of people with MDR-TB who […]

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Cricket legend VVS Laxman lauds Dr Lalitkumar Anande’s work on TB awareness

Dr Lalit Anande is helping the city contain tuberculosis, first by tending to patients at Sewri TB Hospital, then taking the fight outside. He has helped create awareness about TB in slums, homes and on trains, buses and campuses.   In a tweet, retired cricketer VVS Laxman stated: “Dr Lalit Anande has been spreading awareness […]

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