Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan has said renewed efforts are needed by the state government and non-governmental organisations to fight tuberculosis, which is placing socio-economic burden on the country.
Unlike in the past when there was no cure for tuberculosis, the disease could now be cured completely using modern medicine, he said, after inaugurating the 61st National TB Seals Sales Campaign organised by the Maharashtra State Anti-Tuberculosis Association at Raj Bhavan on Saturday.
The campaign was organised to spread awareness about tuberculosis and raise funds for various activities of the association such as education, awareness and research.
India is home to a fifth of the world’s TB patients and every year, 18 lakh persons develop the disease, of which about eight lakh are infectious, the association said. Until recently, almost 1,000 persons died of TB every day. According to one study, TB takes a life in India every 90 seconds.