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 […]

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 […]

Why Aspergillosis fungus is misdiagnosed as TB?

Aspergillosis is an infection, allergic reaction, or fungal growth caused by the Aspergillus fungus. Almost everyone encounters the fungus on a daily basis and never contracts the illness. It’s more likely to infect people who lack a crucial enzyme called periodixase. It can be wrongly diagnosed as tuberculosis (TB) or chronic inflammation as pathologist use H & E stain for slide in most medical centre as primary stain and sparsely distributed fungus is often missed out

Why Aspergillosis fungus is misdiagnosed as TB?Have you ever suffered from a nasal inflammation or an inflammation around the cheeks and eyes? Your doctor must have told you that it’s a simple routine infection, and he must have prescribed medicines as well. The resistance power of the immune system, fights with the disease and stops it from spreading any further. But, […]

#EndTB: Exclusive call centre for TB patients to start soon

The government is set to start a call centre for the tuberculosis (TB) patients in the country. In a first-of-its kind attempt, the call centre will soon be launched in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. This call centre will work dedicatedly towards spreading TB awareness, and to keep a check on whether the patients are taking their medications

#EndTB: Exclusive call centre for TB patients to start soonThis will be a call centre solely dedicated to the health need of TB patients Through this call centre, awareness regarding TB will be created, information on TB will be provided too The call centre employees will keep an eye on TB patient, whether they are taking medicines at proper intervals Patients who are diagnosed […]

Aadhar not mandatory for TB patients seeking nutritional support

The government is providing assistance for nutritional support to each TB patient at the rate of Rs 500 per month, either in cash or Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) or in kind to be decided by the states, for the duration of their treatment. As per the order issued by the Union health ministry, the scheme of financial assistance to TB patients is to be implemented with effect from April 1

Aadhar not mandatory for TB patients seeking nutritional supportTuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but they can also damage other parts of the body. TB spreads through the air when a person with TB of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, or talks. Tuberculosis (TB) was responsible for 1.7 million deaths in […]

World TB Day: ‘Surgery can also be an option for curing TB’

Surgery is the only option if the patient is not cured even by having a drug in a MDR TB. However, many doctors do not even know about TB patients being treated with surgery. In a talk with My Medical Mantra, Dr Lalit Anande, Chief Medical officer of Sewri TB Hospital, talks about eradication of TB and its early diagnosis  

World TB Day: ‘Surgery can also be an option for curing TB’In India, 4 lakh people die of tuberculosis (TB) every year. 21 lakh new cases come to the fore each year. 20,000 Crores of rupees were spent in India due to TB. The Prime Minister sent notice to all the chief ministers of the state to focus on TB. Question: If we say that the […]

Zimbabwe teacher suffering from TB since 9 years, cured by Mumbai docs

Doctors from Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai successfully managed to treat a 41-year-old man suffering from tuberculosis (TB). As treatment options were bleak in his home country, he made a decision to travel to India to seek treatment

Zimbabwe teacher suffering from TB since 9 years, cured by Mumbai docsDumisani Msimanga, a 41-year-old school teacher from Zimbabwe had severe pain and foul smelling pus pouring out of his chest into a bag that was connected to it since six months. In 2017, he approached a local doctor in his country with left sided chest pain. His X-ray showed there was fluid collection in his […]

Vitamin C increases efficiency of TB drugs

Tuberculosis is a major worldwide public health problem, infecting the lungs and other organ systems. In 2016, the disease sickened more than 10 million people worldwide, and killed 1.7 million

Vitamin C increases efficiency of TB drugsA new study claims that tuberculosis patients would experience potentially less negative impacts if they include green vegetables, bell pepper, berries and oranges in their daily diet. Studies in mice and in tissue cultures revealed that providing Vitamin C, along with tuberculosis drugs, would benefit the patient in the long run by removing the disease’s […]

Compound found in soil bacteria can influence future tuberculosis treatment, finds study

Researchers have discovered a compound found in soil bacteria that could lead to new drugs to combat tuberculosis, a global disease that is becoming increasingly resistant to current treatments. They have produced synthetic versions of the natural compound and showed that they can kill the tuberculosis bacterium in the laboratory

Compound found in soil bacteria can influence future tuberculosis treatment, finds studyThe findings, published in the journal Nature Communications, are the work of an international consortium led by the University of Sydney in Australia and includes researchers from the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada. Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis. While it can affect any organ of the body, […]

Medical management and social support post treatment of MDR-TB is the need of the hour

The Lung India’s January edition this year had published a study done by doctors from The National Institute of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases, New Delhi which said at the completion of MDR-TB treatment, although patients become negative bacteriologically, significant numbers of patients were left with persistent symptoms, CXR abnormality, lung function impairment, and impaired quality of life

Medical management and social support post treatment of MDR-TB is the need of the hourWith studies showing the need for pulmonary rehabilitation in case of drug resistant tuberculosis patients post treatment, the Maharashtra State Anti TB Association has started a model Pulmonary Rehabilitation Centre at its premises in Sewri. The study, in its conclusion, emphasised on importance of long term follow ups to understand the overall impact of the […]
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