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5,000 people develop TB in country every day: Medical experts

Considered as the most deadly of neglected diseases, Tubercle Bacillus (TB), caused by various strains of mycobacteria usually Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, infects more than 5,000 people daily in India, while 1,000 die every day.

punjab Updated: Nov 28, 2013 17:49 IST
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Considered as the most deadly of neglected diseases, Tubercle Bacillus (TB), caused by various strains of mycobacteria usually Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, infects more than 5,000 people daily in India, while 1,000 die every day.


The medical experts shared the information on the concluding day of the three-day Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign organised by the Press Information Bureau at Jaisinghpur in Kangra district on Thursday.

Addressing the people, block medical officer, Jaisingpur, SK Bhatiya said the union health ministry was running a national programme for tuberculosis eradication to fight the most lethal infectious, but curable disease.

“Besides producing cough and sputum (often blood-tinged), tuberculosis throws up a volley of symptoms, including fever at dusk, chest pain, night sweat, loss of appetite and drastic weight loss, which if left untreated, will reduce the patient to a bag of bones before settling him in his grave,” Bhatia said, adding that people should not ignore the TB symptoms.

“Every day, 5,000 people in India develop TB. Unfortunately, India shares one-fifth of the global burden of tuberculosis with 40% of its population infected with the disease,” he added. He said the stigma associated with tuberculosis was more horrid than its pathology. It's felt as an affront to one's reputation and underestimation of one's social status.

Informing about health care schemes launched by the central government, he said National Rural Health Mission, Janani Surakhsha Yojana and Rashtriya Swasthya Beema Yojana are successfully being implemented in the state, proving beneficial for people.

To reduce the infant and mother mortality rate, he advised the people to always opt for institutional delivery as the government was offering free-of-cost treatment and even hospitalisation conveyances to carry pregnant woman to nearest health institution under JSY.

Bhatia said state figures among a few top states having achieved 72% institutional delivery.

He added that under the strong network of more than 18,000 anganwadi centres, expecting and lactating mothers were being given required free-of-cost dietary components besides making available cooked food children before they join school.

A baby health show was also organised to evaluate the progress and implementation of the Integrated Child Development Scheme.

Hundreds of people, including anganwadi and Panchayati Raj representatives, participated in the campaign. They were informed about centrally sponsored programmes through 25 stalls, lectures by resource persons and various cultural activities.