Khammam, Karimnagar & Nizamabad lead in TB cases

Khammam, Karimnagar & Nizamabad lead in TB cases
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Nearly 15 lakh Indians are notified as first time tuberculosis-infected persons every year, but account for 58 per cent of the total TB patients. In addition, at least 2.7 lakh Indians die due to the disease. There is a 6 per cent growth in the TB patients recorded in the two Telugu-speaking States, according to WHO Global TB report 2015.

Ongole: Nearly 15 lakh Indians are notified as first time tuberculosis-infected persons every year, but account for 58 per cent of the total TB patients. In addition, at least 2.7 lakh Indians die due to the disease. There is a 6 per cent growth in the TB patients recorded in the two Telugu-speaking States, according to WHO Global TB report 2015.

During 2015, in Andhra Pradesh, 3,62,790 suspects examined for tuberculosis and 61,758 of them were registered for treatment. In Telangana, 2,06,549 were examined and 39,498 patients were offered treatment under the Revised National Tuberculosis Central Programme (RNTCP).

In Andhra Pradesh, Anantapur district has nearly 11,000 TB patients, including the Multi Drug Resistant TB (MDRTB), while Kurnool, Visakhapatnam and Prakasam stand in second, third and fourth positions respectively with more than 7,000 patients in each district. Khammam, Karimnagar and Nizamabad districts lead the other districts with the highest number of TB patients in Telangana with more than 10,000 patients in each of the districts.

The World TB Day is being celebrated on March 24 every year with an aim for universal access for quality diagnosis and treatment for all TB patients in the community and a target of “reaching the unreached”. On Thursday, the administration in each district arranged special programmes to popularise the symptoms, early detection methods and treatment options for TB.

Dr Talluri Ramesh, TB Control Officer for Prakasam district said, “Under RNTCP, we have an objective of achieving and maintaining the curing rate of 85 per cent among new sputum positive cases and to detect at least 70 per cent of the total TB cases.”

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