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According to official data, 63,617 TB cases have been notified in Bihar so far this year, compared to 91,836 in the same period last year.
The world’s strictest lockdown crippled both routine & critical health services & exposed the fragility of India’s under-resourced health system.
National TB programme chief writes to states, saying TB notifications have come down by 60% since lockdown, proposes rapid response plan.
The note says there has been an overall decline in TB notification by 26% from January to June 2020 as compared to previous year due to the pandemic.
According to National Strategic Plan for Tuberculosis Elimination, the disease kills estimated 4.8 lakh Indians every year. Govt data shows TB diagnosis has seen 30% fall amid Covid.
Govt document says the mission, in its first phase, will pilot in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, among others, towards month-end.
Study published in Indian Journal of Tuberculosis says there has been 59% under-detection of TB cases between March & May, compared to corresponding period last year.
Missing TB cases are an important metric for disease control as undiagnosed, untreated cases may spread the infection in the community.
According to the India TB Report 2020, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said the govt was committed to eliminating TB from the country by 2025.
All countries need to urgently tackle coronavirus, but not at the cost of existing health priorities, which have been hit badly by lockdowns.