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Union health minister Harsh Vardhan.(PTI Photo)

Experience from Covid-19 can be used to achieve eliminating TB: Harsh Vardhan

ANI | | Posted by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON MAR 31, 2021 12:32 AM IST
"Our efforts of testing, tracing, and treating in COVID-19 can be replicated for the treatment of TB. The experience from the pandemic can be used to achieve the goal of eliminating TB by 2025," the Union health minister said.
Tuberculosis affects an estimated 10 million people each year around the globe, killing 1.4 million. It is the leading infectious cause of death.(AFP)
Tuberculosis affects an estimated 10 million people each year around the globe, killing 1.4 million. It is the leading infectious cause of death.(AFP)

World could see 1 mn additional TB cases due to malnutrition post pandemic

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anonna Dutt
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 11:29 AM IST
TB notification dropped by 50 to 60% during the pandemic, which might result in higher cases in the future, Dr Soumya Swaminathan, WHO senior scientist, said
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza(Twitter)
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza(Twitter)

Sania Mirza to feature in web series to create awareness about tuberculosis

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 03:19 PM IST
Sania stated that the web series focuses to aware the youth about the disease in a unique and effective way.
UP has the highest number of TB patients whose treatment has suffered due to the Covid pandemic, the chief minister believes the vaccination campaign will provide a long term solution to this problem(File Photo)
UP has the highest number of TB patients whose treatment has suffered due to the Covid pandemic, the chief minister believes the vaccination campaign will provide a long term solution to this problem(File Photo)

Yogi Adityanath launches TB vaccination campaign in Uttar Pradesh, aims to eradicate disease by 2025

Lucknow | By Asian News International | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON NOV 01, 2020 06:55 PM IST
The UP Chief Minister lauded the health officials and medical teams across the state for their contribution in “containing” the coronavirus crisis. He further urged them to focus on eradicating TB from the state.
The three research bodies said their tests -- “rapid molecular Truenat assays -- have been endorsed by the global health body for initial diagnosis of tuberculosis and subsequent detection of rifampicin resistance in adults and children.(AFP File)
The three research bodies said their tests -- “rapid molecular Truenat assays -- have been endorsed by the global health body for initial diagnosis of tuberculosis and subsequent detection of rifampicin resistance in adults and children.(AFP File)

WHO endorses tests by ICMR, 2 others for TB diagnosis, drug resistance detection

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Anubha Rohatgi
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2020 08:03 PM IST
The three research bodies -- the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), Molbio Diagnostics and the Indian Council of Medical Research said drug-resistant tuberculosis poses a particular challenge, with growing resistance to rifampicin and other drugs that treat the disease.
On the basis of the score in State TB Index, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh were the top three best-performing states for tuberculosis control under the category of states with 50 lakh population.(AP file photo)
On the basis of the score in State TB Index, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh were the top three best-performing states for tuberculosis control under the category of states with 50 lakh population.(AP file photo)

India notifies 24.04 lakh Tuberculosis cases, 79,144 deaths in 2019, says report

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON JUN 24, 2020 07:10 PM IST
Launching the annual report, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan commended the collective efforts of all involved in the task, and said the government was committed to eliminating tuberculosis from the country by 2025, five years ahead of the global target.
According to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, the contagion has infected over 75,00,000 people and killed more than 4,20,000 across the world.(AP)
According to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, the contagion has infected over 75,00,000 people and killed more than 4,20,000 across the world.(AP)

Scientists looking at tuberculosis, polio vaccines to ward off coronavirus: Report

Washington | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2020 01:57 PM IST
Tests are underway to see if the tuberculosis vaccine can slow the novel coronavirus, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.
The BCG vaccination benefits held after factoring in cultural norms, mitigation efforts, and health infrastructure.(Reuters file photo. Image for representational purpose)
The BCG vaccination benefits held after factoring in cultural norms, mitigation efforts, and health infrastructure.(Reuters file photo. Image for representational purpose)

TB vaccine appears to offer protection against Covid-19

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sanchita Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 01, 2020 03:01 AM IST
Covid-19 cases and deaths in the United States, Italy and Spain have outpaced China, which was the epicentre of the outbreak that was first detected in Wuhan city in early December.
Student during awareness Stop Tuberculosis (TB) on the occasion of World TB day 24th March, 2014. With a TB elimination target of 2025, the health ministry has adopted gender-sensitive and gender-specific interventions.(Arun Sharma/HT File Photo)
Student during awareness Stop Tuberculosis (TB) on the occasion of World TB day 24th March, 2014. With a TB elimination target of 2025, the health ministry has adopted gender-sensitive and gender-specific interventions.(Arun Sharma/HT File Photo)

Anti-TB drive to focus on women, trans persons

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rhythma Kaul
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2020 03:11 AM IST
India has the highest annual incidence of TB in the world as well as the highest TB-related mortality. An estimated one million cases of TB go unreported in India every year. More than one million women and girls are diagnosed with TB in India every year.
TB patient(AP)
TB patient(AP)

Tuberculosis one of top global challenges

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2019 04:50 PM IST
Tuberculosis is one of the top causes of death, and a leading cause from a single infectious agent (above HIV and AIDS). Millions of people die to it every year. India shoulders more than 20% of the global TB burden, losing around four lakh lives a year.
Actor Amitabh Bachchan speaks at the launch of NDTV's Swasth India, in Mumbai.(IANS)
Actor Amitabh Bachchan speaks at the launch of NDTV's Swasth India, in Mumbai.(IANS)

Amitabh Bachchan says 75% of his liver ‘is gone’, survived with tuberculosis for 8 years

Indo Asian News Service | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2019 06:52 PM IST
Actor Amitabh Bachchan has said that 75% of his liver has been damaged, and that he didn’t realise he’d been suffering from tuberculosis for eight years.
Sassoon hospital’s casuality ward in Pune on Wednesday during statewide protest by doctors.(SHANKAR NARAYAN/HT)
Sassoon hospital’s casuality ward in Pune on Wednesday during statewide protest by doctors.(SHANKAR NARAYAN/HT)

Six resident doctors of Pune’s BJMC infected with tuberculosis

Pune | By Nozia Sayyed
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2019 03:03 PM IST
Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) had called for a statewide strike on August 7 highlighting irregular payment of stipend, absence of clear regulations for tuberculosis and maternity leaves.
According to health department officials, areas such as Pataudi were chosen for the camps as they have a large population of migrant workers living in slums.(HT Photo)
According to health department officials, areas such as Pataudi were chosen for the camps as they have a large population of migrant workers living in slums.(HT Photo)

22 of 60 screened for tuberculosis in Pataudi, Bhora Kalan test positive

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 15, 2019 05:29 AM IST
“Many TB patients, detected earlier, had stopped their medications before their treatment schedule was completed. This leads to the bacteria spreading,” said Dr Vijay Kumar, district tuberculosis officer.
India has the world’s highest number of TB cases with an estimated 2.7 million people contracting the disease and 0.42 million dying every year.(File photo)
India has the world’s highest number of TB cases with an estimated 2.7 million people contracting the disease and 0.42 million dying every year.(File photo)

Govt plans to end discrimination at work against those battling tuberculosis

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rajeev Jayaswal
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2019 07:31 AM IST
The policy recognises that most workers spend most of their waking hours at their places of work and a non-discriminatory environment enables the uptake of screening and treatment by employees.
The health ministry, in collaboration with the departments of health research, biotechnology etc, is working out an institutional mechanism to give bedaquiline to patients in the private sector.(HT Photo)
The health ministry, in collaboration with the departments of health research, biotechnology etc, is working out an institutional mechanism to give bedaquiline to patients in the private sector.(HT Photo)

Government may allow private sector to use key drug used for treating tuberculosis

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rhythma Kaul
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2019 02:04 PM IST
Around 2.1 million people have TB in India, of which an estimated 30,000 people have MDR-TB. Only 6,500 patients are on the bedaquiline-based treatment regimen, which may cause side effects such as heart problems.
Depression is one of the challenges that adolescent TB patients often deal with in silence.(HT File Photo)
Depression is one of the challenges that adolescent TB patients often deal with in silence.(HT File Photo)

Teenagers fighting tuberculosis forced to battle depression too, say doctors

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAR 24, 2019 04:27 AM IST
Depression is one of the challenges that adolescent TB patients often deal with in silence. Dr Milan Balakrishnan, a city-based psychiatrist, said adolescents are more vulnerable to depression than adults.
Despite killing nearly as many people each year as HIV/AIDS and malaria combined, there has not been a new, commercially available tuberculosis vaccine in a century.(AP File)
Despite killing nearly as many people each year as HIV/AIDS and malaria combined, there has not been a new, commercially available tuberculosis vaccine in a century.(AP File)

Tuberculosis can be eradicated by 2045

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 21, 2019 03:30 PM IST
A chronic lung disease which is preventable and largely treatable if caught in time, tuberculosis is the top infectious killer of our time, causing over 1.6 million deaths each year.
Kuldeep Kumar was unwell since he was brought to jail, officials familiar with the case said.(Getty Images/Picture for representation)
Kuldeep Kumar was unwell since he was brought to jail, officials familiar with the case said.(Getty Images/Picture for representation)

24-year-old inmate of Gurugram’s Bhondsi jail suffering from tuberculosis dies in hospital

Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON SEP 28, 2018 04:58 AM IST
Kuldeep Kumar, a resident of Garhi Hasru village, was arrested on July 3 for his alleged involvement in a theft case.
Patients suffering from breathing problems and tuberculosis are admitted for treatment at the Murari Lal Chest Hospital in Kanpur.(AFP File Photo)
Patients suffering from breathing problems and tuberculosis are admitted for treatment at the Murari Lal Chest Hospital in Kanpur.(AFP File Photo)

27% of world’s new Tuberculosis infections in India: WHO global report

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rhythma Kaul
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2018 06:55 AM IST
Of the 10 million new cases reported in 2017, 2.74 million were from India, a marginal decrease from the 2.79 million that the country reported in WHO’s 2017 report.
Resistance is becoming an increasingly worrying problem and the prolonged treatment is difficult and distressing for patients.(Shutterstock)
Resistance is becoming an increasingly worrying problem and the prolonged treatment is difficult and distressing for patients.(Shutterstock)

This new drug may help in treating tuberculosis

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2018 12:50 PM IST
The drug can also take out its increasingly common antibiotic resistant strains.
In India, the use of Bedaquiline has scaled up in the last two years, but is only given to patients with extremely drug-resistant TB for whom all other drugs have failed.(AFP)
In India, the use of Bedaquiline has scaled up in the last two years, but is only given to patients with extremely drug-resistant TB for whom all other drugs have failed.(AFP)

WHO approves oral Bedaquiline as frontline TB drug for all MDR cases

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Aayushi Pratap
PUBLISHED ON AUG 17, 2018 11:55 PM IST
At present, MDR cases are treated with injectables of medicines such as Kanamycin and Capreomycin, along with another group of medicines called fluoroquinolones, but this is known to lead to side-effects such as hearing loss and kidney-related problems
The health department has expanded access to the newest anti-TB drug — bedaquiline — to patients across Maharashtra.
The health department has expanded access to the newest anti-TB drug — bedaquiline — to patients across Maharashtra.

New TB drug now available across Maharashtra, not just in Mumbai

Hindustan Times | By Aayushi Pratap
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2018 12:00 PM IST
Bedaquiline is also available to patients being treated in private hospitals, but its sale is banned in India; it’s available only on doctor’s recommendation to TB officers.
Schoolchildren hold placards as they take part in a tuberculosis awareness campaign at a railway station in Chennai. An estimated 1,47,000 people suffer from multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB in India.(AFP File Photo)
Schoolchildren hold placards as they take part in a tuberculosis awareness campaign at a railway station in Chennai. An estimated 1,47,000 people suffer from multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB in India.(AFP File Photo)

Soon, medical colleges may need drug-resistant TB centres to get recognised

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rhythma Kaul
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2018 07:19 AM IST
The government has proposed making drug-resistant tuberculosis centres mandatory for a medical college to get recognition. The move is aimed at ensuring that patients have access to a facility nearby, correct diagnosis is made and appropriate treatment is started in time.
Haryana health minister Anil Vij(HT File)
Haryana health minister Anil Vij(HT File)

Haryana govt announces special benefits to TB patients

Press Trust of India, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 07, 2018 09:16 PM IST
With the motto “TB Harega-Desh Jeetega”, Haryana health minister Anil Vij urged people to come forward as leaders to make the world TB-free.
TB infection is often serious and can damage the complete fallopian tube.(Shutterstock)
TB infection is often serious and can damage the complete fallopian tube.(Shutterstock)

Vigilance needed: Genital tuberculosis can impact fertility in women

Asian News International | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2018 12:24 PM IST
The fact that genital tuberculosis may be asymptomatic and could often go unrecognized or masquerade as other gynaecological conditions make it all the more necessary for a high degree of vigilance to be in place.
(HT Illustration / Shrikrishna Patkar)
(HT Illustration / Shrikrishna Patkar)

Diseases so rare, even doctors don’t know of them

Hindustan Times | By Sanchita Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2018 08:17 PM IST
Whether it’s Stephen Hawking’s neurodegenerative condition or myasthenia gravis, a big part of the trauma of having a rare disease is finding the right doctor, and diagnosis.
Patients not taking their cough seriously as well as late diagnosis are the major reasons for the spread of tuberculosis, according to city based doctors.(HT REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Patients not taking their cough seriously as well as late diagnosis are the major reasons for the spread of tuberculosis, according to city based doctors.(HT REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)

Coughing up trouble: Patients taking cough casually, late diagnosis are aiding spread of tuberculosis

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Jui Dharwadkar
UPDATED ON MAR 24, 2018 07:45 PM IST
As per the data available with Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), within less than three months, a total of 541 cases of tuberculosis have been registered with the PMC this year.  
A doctor examines a patient suffering from tuberculosis during his visit at the Government TB hospital in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, March 13, 2018.(AP File Photo)
A doctor examines a patient suffering from tuberculosis during his visit at the Government TB hospital in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, March 13, 2018.(AP File Photo)

Doctors, health staff face 2 years in jail for not reporting TB cases

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rhythma Kaul
UPDATED ON MAR 21, 2018 05:04 PM IST
TB was made a notifiable disease in 2012. Notifiable diseases have to be reported to the authorities so that they can act in time to prevent or contain an outbreak.
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