WHO: Ending tuberculosis in the sustainable development era

Global efforts to combat TB have saved an estimated 53 million lives since 2000 and reduced the TB mortality rate by 37 per cent. However, progress in many countries has stalled, global targets are off-track, and persistent gaps remain in TB care and prevention. As a result, TB still kills more people than any other infectious disease

WHO: Ending tuberculosis in the sustainable development eraToday 75 ministers agreed to take urgent action to end tuberculosis (TB) by 2030. The announcement came at the first WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending Tuberculosis in the Sustainable Development Era: A Multisectoral Response, which brought together delegates from 114 countries in Moscow. President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation opened the Conference, together […]

‘Provide direct economic benefits to TB patients’

Survivors Against TB, a group of TB survivors, wrote to JP Nadda, the Union Health Minister, inquiring about the government’s proposed scheme of providing direct economic benefits to TB patients undergoing treatment. This scheme was conceptualised as part of the National Strategic Plan 2017-22 to ensure that TB would not be a cause of increased debt and poverty for TB affected families especially those below the poverty line

‘Provide direct economic benefits to TB patients’Recent reports in the press indicate that there is delay and possibly resistance within government on providing Direct Benefit Transfers to Tuberculosis (TB) patients. By delaying this scheme, the government is denying the bare minimum economic benefits to TB patients to help them survive this disease. People, who contract TB frequently, experience severe economic barriers […]

Sewri TB hospital saves man’s life by performing complex surgery

A 35-year-old Mumbaikar underwent a rather difficult surgery on Friday for TB alongside HIV. The primary concern which the doctors addressed was pleural empyema or pus in the chest of the patient. This was a supra-major operation which took about six hours to be completed

Sewri TB hospital saves man’s life by performing complex surgeryThis Friday, November 10 was indeed a life changer for a 35-year-old Mumbaikar. For the first time in the history of Sewri’s Tuberculosis Hospital, it performed an open thoracotomy procedure. Sunil Kumar (name changed) was detected with a combination of tuberculosis and HIV back in 2013. “Pleural empyema, or pus in the chest had to […]

BMC corporators to educate Mumbaikars on TB

The Health Department organised a 'Mumbai Mission for TB Control' workshop for special representatives of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). On this occasion, representatives from 24 wards of Mumbai were present

BMC corporators to educate Mumbaikars on TBUnder the tag line ‘TB Harega, Desh Jeetega’, efforts are being made by the state government to eradicate tuberculosis. However, the number of people suffering from tuberculosis is increasing. Owing to which, BMC has taken the initiative to create awareness regarding the same. The Health Department organised a ‘Mumbai Missions for TB Control’ workshop for […]

What does WHO’s annual TB report mean to India?

According to the annual report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on October 30, TB remains the top infectious killer in 2016. Moreover, all the 7 countries that top the list of TB burden are from Asia or Africa. My Medical Mantra tries to ask experts about this unsolved pivotal problem country

What does WHO’s annual TB report mean to India?Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the most rampant causes of death in the country. According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) annual TB report, the disease remains to be the top infectious killer even in 2016. The report further adds that, India tops the list of countries with highest number of patients infected by TB with […]

WHO report: 8.5 Lakh TB cases go unreported in India

On October 30, World Health Organization (WHO) realised its annual TB report on tuberculosis (TB). It reveals that TB remains the top infectious killer in 2016. TB is also the main cause of deaths related to antimicrobial resistance and the leading killer of people with HIV

WHO report: 8.5 Lakh TB cases go unreported in IndiaAnnouncement of wiping out tuberculosis (TB) from India by 2025 apart, projections in World Health Organization’s (WHO) annual TB report 2017 released on Monday, look dismal for the nation. Of the 27.9 lakh estimated patients, only 19,38,158 TB cases were notified in public and private sector in India, which means that over 8.5 lakh cases […]

Mumbai hospital treats rare co-infection of TB and Hantavirus; gets published in Journal

Hantaviruses are a group of antigenically distinct viruses carried out in rodents and insectivores. In India, it is quite uncommon. Doctors say though being rare, the virus, in real terms can be life-threatening. It generally leads to pulmonary ailments that can be very lethal to health

Mumbai hospital treats rare co-infection of TB and Hantavirus; gets published in JournalAs the winter season is ready to set foot in the city, fever, cough and cold are the commonest complaints you get these days. And, when all of this is accompanied with a family history of having Tuberculosis (TB), everything seems to be like a clear diagnosis. That’s what a nine-year-old from Mumbai approached the […]

WHO: Dr Soumya Swaminathan appointed as Deputy Director-General for Programmes (DDP)

Director general of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Soumya Swaminathan is a well-known personality in the medical arena. The 58-year-old is a paediatrician and a clinical scientist. She is known for her research on tuberculosis

WHO: Dr Soumya Swaminathan appointed as Deputy Director-General for Programmes (DDP)Dr Soumya Swaminathan has been appointed Deputy Director-General for Programmes (DDP) of World Health Organization (WHO). A pediatrician from the Republic of India and a globally recognised researcher on tuberculosis and HIV, she has 30 years of experience in clinical care and research. She has worked throughout her career to translate research into impactful programmes. […]

‘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 […]

First VATS performed on a 22-year-old patient at Sewri’s TB Hospital

A team of doctors of TB Hospital, Sewri, have successfully performed a Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) on a tuberculosis (TB) patient. This is the first time that the the hospital has performed such kind of a surgery

First VATS performed on a 22-year-old patient at Sewri’s TB HospitalA team of doctors from Sewri TB Hospital have successfully performed a Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) on a tuberculosis (TB) patient for the first time in its history. Aslam Khan (name changed) a 22-year-old man from Uttar Pradesh was operated on, as there was pus gathering in the area between his lungs and the […]
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