New Delhi, Aug 9 (IANS) Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Monday addressed a tuberculosis awareness program at the parliament house. He spoke about the ways to reach TB patients in a comprehensive manner and to make India TB-free by 2025 in line with PM Modi's goal."Addressed an event to spread awareness about tuberculosis at Parliament House & spoke about ways to reach TB patients in a comprehensive manner. In line with PM @NarendraModi Ji's goal, Govt & people will work together to make India TB-free by 2025", the Minister said in a tweet.The session 'TB Mukt Bharat' was held by Lok Sabha Secretariat. Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu along with Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Minister of State for Health Dr Bharati P. Pawar attended the event on TB Awareness."Modi ji has said that let the world's agenda be 2030 but our agenda is 2025 to make India TB free. India has to become TB-free by 2025 and together we will achieve the goal," said Mandaviya addressing the event at Parliament House.He added, "Cleanliness can also help us in strengthening health. There are 26 lakh TB patients in the country. Sixty per cent of people aged 18 to 45 used to become TB patients, while 58 per cent are from rural areas. Can't we reach them?""When the public joins hands with the government, the goal is achieved. We have made progress in this direction in the health sector. This time the budget for health was increased. No one thought that toilet project can be helpful in making the country healthy," added Mandaviya.TB eradication awareness program was organized in Parliament on the initiative of Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. He said that India is a world leader in TB treatment, awareness, and prevention. "The goal of eradicating TB by 2025 can be achieved through collective efforts. Keeping public healthy is the primary responsibility of parliamentarians. Malnutrition is one of the main causes of TB which we have to eradicate, said Birla. --IANSavr/skp/
Amaravati, Dec 18 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan asked for public support to eradicate Tuberculosis (TB) by 2025 on Friday as he launched the TB Seal Sale campaign."TB continuous to be a killer disease and its spread has become a cause for concern even in the developed world," said Harichandan at the Raj Bhavan's Durbar Hall.He reminded that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared TB as a global emergency and India as the second most populous country in the world which shoulders a quarter of all the cases.The Governor said nearly 27 lakh TB cases were notified in India in 2019 while AP is estimated to have nearly 1 lakh cases, though with a successful cure rate of 91 per cent, achieved with the implementation of Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) with directly observed treatment (DBT) in all the districts."Centre is implementing aEnd TB Strategy' with more focus on active case finding, introduction of highly specific and sensitive molecular diagnostics in the programme," he said.Introduction of daily treatment regimen, universal drug susceptibility testing and introduction of new drugs for drug resistant TB are some measures which Harichandan highlighted as being implemented by the government.However, he stressed on the need to scale up programme activities at grassroots level with active participation of voluntary organizations such as TB Association, Indian Medical Association, Red Cross, Lepra India, TB Alert, World Vision, AMG India International and Arogyavaram Medical Centre and others to control the lethal scourge.Meanwhile, the Governor has also appealed for generous contribution from the public to TB Seal Sale campaign and for partnering to eradicate the disease by 2025. --IANSsth/ash
Tuberculosis, commonly abbreviated to TB, is a highly infectious disease that primarily affects the lungs. As per World Health Organization (WHO), TB is one of the top 10 causes of deaths across the globe. Based on its latest report announced in 2019 , 10 million people across the world were infected by TB, out of which 26.90 lakh people had TB in India.
The report further stated that India had maximum number of Drug Resistant TB which is 27 percent of the total 1.30 lakh Drug-Resistant cases!
As per Dr Prashant Chhajed, HOD-Respiratory Medicine, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi and Fortis Hospital, Mulund, Tuberculosis can affect several organs of the body, such as lungs, gastrointestinal system, brain, bones, pericardium (covering the heart), pleura (covering the lung) and lymph nodes - neck, chest and abdomen.
Pulmonary Tuberculosis is infectious and spreads via airborne transmission. The standard tests to diagnose Tuberculosis are on smear and culture. Smear tests are available quickly and the culture reports can take up to six weeks to detect tuberculosis.
In recent years, newer molecular tests, such as the CBNAAT/ TB GeneXpert have become available which enable rapid diagnosis even when the smears are negative and one is waiting for the culture reports to come. Furthermore, these molecular tests also enable the rapid diagnosis of Drug Resistant Tuberculosis, the expert said.
Keeping in mind the growing burden of TB in the country and across the globe, the theme of this year's World Tuberculosis Day which is observed on March 24 is - ï¿½It's Time'. It focuses on building awareness about TB through prevention and cure with an extended aim to make the world TB Free.
"TB is an airborne infection and when someone infected with TB coughs or sneezes, the bacteria is released into the air, thus infecting the environment. When people get sick with Pulmonary Tuberculosis, then the disease can be transmitted to others. Symptoms may occur within the first few weeks or months or years later, some of which include: A persistent cough that lasts three or more weeks, coughing up blood, chest pain, or difficulty while breathing or coughing, rapid weight loss, fatigue, fever, night sweats, and loss of appetite," Dr Prashant said.
If you witness the above symptoms, you should visit your doctor to get tested and seek requisite treatment.
Here are the top preventive measures one should observe:
1. Restrict the transmission of the disease from an infected person to a non-infected person - Identify TB patients, avoid close contact with the person; if you do not know if a person has TB but is coughing rapidly, cover your nose and mouth and step away. If similar symptoms arise in yourself, visit your doctor for primary treatment.
2. Once Pulmonary Tuberculosis is diagnosed it is recommended to have a good ventilation system at your home, as TB can remain suspended in the air for several hours by doing so, one can limit the transmission of the airborne disease.
3. Follow good hygiene practices: Cover your mouth with your elbow while coughing or sneezing. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
TB can be contracted by anybody, however, those who are at a higher risk include,
ï¿½ People with a weaker immune system
ï¿½ People diagnosed with chronic diseases like Diabetes
ï¿½ Those with HIV/ AIDS
ï¿½ Persons from lower socio-economic groups driven by factors such as poverty, malnutrition, poor sanitation, etc.
ï¿½ Healthcare personnel coming in contact with infected persons
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आयुष मंत्रालय और स्वास्थ्य एवं परिवार कल्याण मंत्रालय ने आज एक समझौते पर हस्ताक्षर किए हैं। ‘तपेदिक मुक्त भारत’ नामक पहल में तेजी लाने के लिए नीति, योजना एवं कार्यक्रम कार्यान्वयन के स्तर पर कई क्षेत्रों को मिलाकर काम करना इसका उद्देश्य है। आयुष मंत्रालय की अवसंरचना और संस्थागत नेटवर्क के माध्यम से तपेदिक के उपचार की सेवाओं को आपस में जोड़ना इन दोनों मंत्रालयों के बीच समझौते पर लक्ष्य है। स्वास्थ्य एवं परिवार कल्याण मंत्री डॉ. हर्षवर्धन, स्वास्थ्य एवं परिवार कल्याण राज्य मंत्री अश्विनी चौबे और आयुष राज्य मंत्री तथा रक्षा राज्य मंत्री श्री श्रीपद येसो नाईक की उपस्थिति में स्वास्थ्य एवं परिवार कल्याण मंत्रालय में सचिव प्रीति सूदन और आयुष मंत्रालय में सचिव वैद्य राजेश कोटेचा ने समझौते पर हस्ताक्षर किए।