23 October, 2020

Search For A Sieve

Amid a rise in TB cases, India’s countermeasures remain smothered in a host of operational issues

An XDR TB patient undergoing medical consultation during his routine follow-up visit to MSF clinic in Mumbai
Photograph by Apoorva Salkade
Search For A Sieve
outlookindia.com
2018-04-11T11:56:09+05:30

Spurt In Danger

  • 28 lakh is the annual number of new TB patients in India
  • 27 per cent of the world’s TB cases are found in India
  • Rs 4,343 crore is governmental allocation for fighting TB as per an ambitious five-year plan
  • 1.68 lakh people are effected by multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis every year
  • 4.23 lakh deaths occur due to TB every year in India
  • 40 per cent of people in India have latent TB bacteria

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At age 18, she weighed just 24 kg. The Patna girl’s family had been running from pillar to post to find medicines for the disease she was identified with: drug-resistant tuberculosis (DRTB). The heart-rending news caught national attention in end-2016 when her father approached the judiciary, seeking treatment for Aarti (name changed) with medicine to which the government provides...

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