Key facts, hope in fight against Tuberculosis

World TB Day 2018 How a phone call is saving lives of TB patients in India
World TB Day 2018 How a phone call is saving lives of TB patients in India
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25 March, 2018

Speaking at a ministerial press briefing in Abuja, Adewole said "the major drawback in Nigeria's TB program is low TB case finding for both adult and children as there are a lot of missing TB cases that were either not diagnosed or diagnosed but not reported".

Despite some progress, TB remains a serious epidemic in the Kyrgyz Republic with 5,500 new cases, including 1,400 new drug resistant cases, and 400 deaths every year.

"This disease is deeply rooted in populations where human rights and dignity are limited".

While anyone can contract TB, the disease thrives among people living in poverty and compromised environments, including those with diseases such as HIV/Aids and factors such as malnutrition, poor housing and sanitation, compounded by other risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol abuse, as well as diabetes affect vulnerability to TB and access to care.

"What is remarkable about the exercise is that these patients have been identified about 4-6 months before symptoms appear".

And with the number one infectious killer disease in the world having been on the rise especially in Sub-Sahara Africa, concerted efforts by all players are necessary to stem the spread and treat the infected. His discovery was a step ahead in the treatment, diagnosis and cure of TB. When treatment is not completed, there are high chances of reinfection with severe forms such as multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB), extremely-drug resistant TB (XDR-TB) and the deadliest totally-drug resistant TB (TDR-TB).

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Tuberculosis is an influential bacterial infection that can affect nearly every part of the human body.

Early detection of TB will help lessen the economic burden of the disease in state. "Significant patients present to us with recurrence or relapse of tubercular infection", said Dr Sandeep Nayar, Senior Consultant and HOD, Respiratory Department, BLK Super Speciality Hospital.

However, there is renewed hope that new drugs will become available. "The time has come for all of us to join hands to eliminate TB from India by 2025", the President tweeted.

Talking about a neglected area of TB treatment, Dr. Alpes Panchal, Psychiatrist, The Free Mind Initiative said, "Depression amongst the patient and the family is very common during this period".

Make some noise to end TB on social media Tools like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat offer many opportunities to amplify TB issues. This model was further supported by a special information system to track expenditures for all patients at TB hospitals in a timely, secure, and reliable manner. Companies are therefore partnering with over 30 collaborators (universities, research institutes, product development partnerships (PDPs), etc.) to develop innovative medicines and vaccines for TB and MDR-TB. These new products are reaching the final stages of the 10-15-year R&D process-one in which many other possible treatments or vaccines have fallen by the wayside.

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