Friday, 28 January, 2022

Topic: Tuberculosis

TB now officially a Covid comorbidity, disease compromises lungs that virus also targets

The latest clinical management guidelines, released Monday, include seven categories of people who are at 'high risk' of severe Covid or mortality because of it. These include TB patients.

Deaths from tuberculosis are on the rise for the first time in a decade, WHO survey shows

In 2020, two-thirds of new cases were in just eight countries: India, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh and South Africa.

India accounted for 41% of total global drop in reporting TB between 2019 & 2020: WHO

Global goals for TB incidence reductions between 2015 and 2020 have been compromised by disruptions in services because of the Covid pandemic, finds WHO report.

Toilets caked with faeces, rotting food: Free rein for filth at Firozabad hospital amid outbreak

Toilets are just a microcosm of low sanitary awareness at Firozabad district hospital, where this reporter found used syringes dumped on the floor near a garbage bin.

New hurdle in India’s TB fight — states left with machines they can’t use

With govt decentralising procurement of cartridges used in CBNAAT machines, states now have to redraw their finalised implementation plans to account for sourcing of key consumable.

Covid’s unseen toll in India — 38% dip in screening for TB that’s still a major health crisis

According to Global TB report 2020, India accounts for 27% of global burden of TB and 31% of mortality burden. It also accounts for 27% of global cases of multidrug-resistant TB.

Union Health Ministry recommends screening all Covid positive patients for Tuberculosis

In a press release, the ministry said Covid can make an individual more susceptible to developing active Tuberculosis, as it is an opportunistic infection like black fungus.

Covid could derail India’s pledge to eliminate tuberculosis by 2025 — ICMR medical journal

According to an editorial in IJMR, the focus and diversion of resources to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic has led to poor TB care.

US announces $57 million aid for TB treatment in 7 high-burden countries including India

Other countries for which the aid is being given are Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines, South Africa, Tajikistan and Ukraine.

Covid brought down TB detection by 25% in India in 2020, analysis by health ministry finds

Tuberculosis notifications reduced to 18.02 lakh in 2020 from 24.04 lakh in 2019 due to lockdown and diversion of resources, the health ministry has found.

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Italian Generali buys 25% stake worth Rs 1,250 cr in insurance JV from embattled Future Group

The stake sale, which will give Generali majority control over the JV, comes as the Future Group is locked in a prolonged legal battle with partner Amazon.


The Indian Army's Akash missiles on display during the 73rd Republic Day Parade, at Rajpath, in New Delhi | ANI

Not just 1st R-Day, 26 Jan 1950 also significant as Indian Army, Navy shed ‘Royal’ prefix

Both the ‘Royal’ prefix for the Navy and Air Force in India, as well as the absence of such a label for the Army, have their roots in British military and political history.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.