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Doctors, chemists to face jail term if they don't notify TB patient

24 March 2018, 02:16 | Rodolfo Quinn

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End TB in India Doctors Chemists & Clinical Establishments Can Land in Jail if They Fail to Report the Disease

24 March marks the day when Robert Koch discovered the infectious nature of TB and identified Mycobacterium tuberculosis as the bacterium responsible for this disease, paving the way for the development of diagnosis and treatment of TB.

The 2018 theme for World Tuberculosis Day is "Wanted: Leaders for a TB-Free World". According to a World Health Organisation report published in January, 10.4 million fell ill with TB across the world. The country reported 423,000 TB deaths in 2017 and an average of 211 new infections were diagnosed per 100,000 people.

Information provided at the health fair indicated that 2,400 Belizeans were diagnosed with TB from 1997 to 2016, and there are 120 to 140 suspected cases every year.

Today TB is a disease of poverty and inequality, disproportionately impacting low- and middle-income countries and the most marginalized and vulnerable people within communities.

Success rate of treatment in the country is 95 percent, but around 33 percent of TB patients can not be reached, they said at a press conference organised by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, National TB Control Programme (NTP), and Brac on the occasion of World TB Day, to be observed tomorrow, said a press release.

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To further support the proper diagnosis and treatment of TB in the country, USAID supported publication of the first student-oriented textbook on TB.

It is hard to diagnose tuberculosis in children. "The time has come for all of us to join hands to eliminate TB from India by 2025", the President tweeted.

India has more new TB patients annually than any other country globally, contributing to 27% of the world's TB burden. But some worry whether TB can be spread through other means such as sexual contact and kissing. Through the USAID Defeat TB and USAID Challenge TB projects, that together have a budget of $17.5 million, the U.S. Government supports the National TB Program in its efforts to control TB epidemic in the Kyrgyz Republic. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) categorically states that tuberculosis can not be spread through sharing utensils or containers, sharing cigarettes with others and saliva shared through kissing.

The common symptoms of TB are: a cough for three weeks or longer; weight loss; loss of appetite; high temperature or fever; night sweats; extreme tiredness or lack of energy. TB, which remains the world's leading infectious killer, can be fatal if not controlled in the very beginning. If they do contract TB, they should take their treatment on time, keep follow-up appointments, and maintain good personal hygiene. Most causes of TB are active TB. Government of India has been spending millions in providing free treatment the treatment of TB since decades.

We research and analyze responses to TB around the world, and we have seen the intersection between human rights and TB. The Ministry of Health and World Health Organization (WHO) have put the figure at 1,020,000 people.

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