Union Budget 2023-24: Will Communicable Diseases be one of the Focal Points?, Health News, ET HealthWorld

By Ritika Sakhuja and Prathiba Raju New Delhi: Communicable diseases pose a substantial challenge to the public health system in India. With increased public spending on healthcare more attention is the need of the hour, inform domain experts. The emergence of new COVID strains, increasing cases of measles and tuberculosis (TB), Zika virus and Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in various parts of India, highlight the need for increased budgetary spending to strengthen the healthcare industry’s response to communicable diseases. Moreover, The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s (MoHFW) goal of making…

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Urine test for detecting TB in HIV patients shows promising results – ET HealthWorld

Representative image Mumbai: A rapid urine test that can detect tuberculosis in under 30 minutes has shown significant results when tested in patients with advanced HIV as it could pick up cases that may have gone undiagnosed otherwise. The Mumbai District AIDS Control Society (MDACS) used the lateral flow urine lipoarabinomannan (LF-LAM) test to check for tuberculosis in 2,390 HIV patients with advanced disease undergoing treatment at 17 treatment centres in the city. The researchers could pick up additional 131 TB cases using the rapid urine test in these patients,…

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Patients recovered from Covid showing TB symptoms – ET HealthWorld

Raipur: Patients who were earlier diagnosed and recovered with covid-19 infection, are now showing symptoms of tuberculosis (TB). Some have also developed jaundice and other ailments. Experts have advised getting sputum tested even after recovery. State Tuberculosis Control program officer Dr T.K. Tondar told TOI that symptoms of Covid and tuberculosis are very similar as both the infections attack and affect the lungs. Generally, tuberculosis is identified after 18 years of age to middle age. People who have recovered from Covid and are suffering from cough or cold should get…

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Govt to launch prog for adopting, providing nutritional, treatment support to TB patients – ET HealthWorld

New Delhi, To achieve the goal of eliminating tuberculosis by 2025, the government will soon launch a programme as part of which people and institutions can adopt blocks, wards, or even an individual patient, and provide nutritional, treatment and vocational support to TB patients. In a letter to all states and UTs, the Union Health Ministry has urged them to undertake all preparations for the roll-out of the “Community Support to TB Patients” in a mission mode in all districts and blocks, official sources told PTI on Monday. The initiative…

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Genome sequencing can find drug-resistant TB strains too – ET HealthWorld

Pune: India’s network of genome sequencing labs, currently hunting SARS-CoV-2 variants, can also be used to detect circulating drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis (TB), experts have said. Dr Rajesh Karyakarte, a member of the INSACOG network — a grid of over 50 labs monitoring genomic variations in SARS-CoV-2 — said studies have shown that certain mutations in the bacterial genome can indicate drug resistance. “Specific mutations confer resistance to specific drugs. Profiling these mutations, through genome sequencing, can help tackle the menace of drug-resistant TB strains effectively,” he said. Experts also…

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TB eradication target relaxed due to Covid-19 – ET HealthWorld

Chennai: Tamil Nadu has relaxed its challenging target of eliminating Tuberculosis by 2023 due to delays in diagnosis due to Covid-19 pandemic. Health secretary Dr J Radhakrishnan on Friday said the state has set a death rate ratio target for TB. “It’s tough not because of the facility but because of diagnosis. We are not identifying enough cases,” he said. Addressing an event titled ‘Invest to end TB. Save lives’, Radhakrishnan said in areas like Nilgiris, the notification for TB has been poor. “The Covid has taught us a lesson…

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Eliminating TB through COVID-19 learnings – ET HealthWorld

By Prabhat Prakash New Delhi: Despite the brief decline in TB notifications observed around the months corresponding to India’s two major COVID-19 waves, the National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme (NTEP) reclaimed these numbers. Accordingly, 2021 witnessed a 19 per cent increase from the previous year in TB patients’ notification—the total number of incident TB patients (new and relapse) notified during 2021 were 19, 33, 381 as opposed to that of 16, 28, 161 in 2020. In 2021, the vision of the National Strategic Plan for Elimination of Tuberculosis (NSP 2017- 25)…

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Ramping up of COVID vaccination will bring more focus to TB – ET HealthWorld

Screening, diagnosing and treating tuberculosis taking a backseat with COVID-19 and to meet the target of making India TB-free by 2025, which is ahead of global target, the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya urged all the states to ramp up COVID vaccination, as it will help in bringing more focus to TB in addition to safeguarding the population from severe Covid-19. Mandaviya who recently took charge as Stop TB Partnership Board chairman urged all State health ministers and principal secretaries, additional chief secretaries of States and…

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