Drive detects over 2,000 ‘hidden’ TB patients in Maharashtra

  • | Thursday | 6th December, 2018

In 2010, there were around 2.3 million TB cases with 3.6 lakh deaths.Around 1,000 people die of TB every day in India. “It is essential to diagnose and treat missing TB cases to achieve the target of eliminating the disease from the country by 2025,” Jogewar said.Undiagnosed and mistreated cases continue to drive the epidemic in India. The state health department screened roughly 86 lakh high-risk individuals in both rural and urban areas during the second phase of the campaign. Around 10,000 health workers and community volunteers were engaged in the screening activity.“After identifying 2,057 patients with active TB, we put them on treatment. Nearly one in six deaths among those aged 15-49 is due to TB.

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