India Announces Penal Punishment For Medics Who Underreport TB Cases

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The notice comes just days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his government planned to eradicate tuberculosis in India by 2025 - five years ahead of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals deadline.

As today marks World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, the City of Cape Town says one out of every 10 clients who start TB treatment fail to complete the full six months course of treatment. Global progress depends on advances in TB prevention and care in these countries. This needs to accelerate to a 4-5 per cent annual decline to reach the 2020 milestones of the "End TB Strategy".

'I encourage the community and healthcare professionals to attend our World TB Day events this year to learn about the condition and ways we can fight to end it, said Dr. Al Maslamani.

Back in the 20th century, TB was known to be the leading cause of death in the US. According to the latest data by the Global Tuberculosis Report 2017, 27 Lakh new cases of TB were reported 2016.

To make matters worse, TB disproportionately affects the people from lower income communities. People who are infected with TB don't feel sick, don't have any symptoms and aren't contagious unless and until their infection develops into active TB disease.

That being said, there is now an unprecedented momentum in the fight against TB. But as a disease, people should know that TB is both preventable and curable. Here in the USA, the number of cases is declining, but there are still about nine thousand cases a year.

Health Research Council chief executive Professor Kath McPherson says the Council endeavours to fund world-leading research and is involved in a number of worldwide collaborations to tackle global health 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.

Chest pain, coughing up blood, repeated coughing, fever, loss of appetite, fatigue and weakness, swelling in throat and stomach upset.

"When persons are diagnosed and start treatment, the city realises that adherence is hard for clients, particularly given the long timeline involved". If they do contract TB, they should take their treatment on time, keep follow-up appointments, and maintain good personal hygiene. These are places with high amounts of the TB bacteria, so wear masks, avoid touching your face and eyes and sanitise your hands before leaving the hospitals.

Banner Image: A doctor examines the x-rays of a tuberculosis (TB) patient at a TB clinic November 27, 2002 in Brooklyn, New York. "Prevalence of MDR TB is nearly 4-7 per cent", said Dr Salil Bendre, Chest Physician, Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital.

Life-threatening disease Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by bacteria (Mycobacterium tuberculosis).

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