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70% of Bihar’s TB control staff still on Covid duty as state records steep fall in diagnosis

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.
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India has a health ‘time bomb’ ticking – and it isn’t Covid

The world’s strictest lockdown crippled both routine & critical health services & exposed the fragility of India’s under-resourced health system.
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Govt says there could be 5 lakh more TB cases, 1.5 lakh more deaths as Covid hits services

National TB programme chief writes to states, saying TB notifications have come down by 60% since lockdown, proposes rapid response plan.
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Screen all TB patients for Covid and Covid patients for TB, says health ministry

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.
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As TB diagnosis sees a fall, states are now testing Covid-negative patients for the disease

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.
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Ayushman Bharat and all other govt health schemes to integrate with digital health mission

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.
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Covid lockdown could lead to over 1.8 lakh new TB cases, 88,000 additional deaths, study says

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.
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India missed detection of 3 lakh TB cases in 2019, but this is why it’s good news

Missing TB cases are an important metric for disease control as undiagnosed, untreated cases may spread the infection in the community.
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India notifies over 24 lakh tuberculosis cases, 79,144 deaths in 2019: Annual TB report

According to the India TB Report 2020, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said the govt was committed to eliminating TB from the country by 2025.
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How Covid is making it tougher to tackle TB, AIDS, malaria and child health

All countries need to urgently tackle coronavirus, but not at the cost of existing health priorities, which have been hit badly by lockdowns.

On Camera

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' defence industry outreach webinar via video conference, in New Delhi on 27 August

Mahabharata to irresponsible Indians — How Modi govt’s message on Covid changed in 6 months

In the last few months, the Modi government’s Covid communication has focussed only on absolving itself of all blame. Not data or roadmaps.
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Harley-Davidson riding away reflects poorly on both US icon and Modi’s ‘Make in India’

Modi’s ambitious plans to ‘Make in India’ could have been helped by a symbolic gesture to hold on to Harley, a premium manufacturer with an outsize brand.

Defence

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India, China working on Ladakh peace formula — alternate week patrolling, after disengagement

Patrolling in alternate weeks has been the established practice in the Northeast, and has worked well, barring the occasional face-off.
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If Modi is a true reformer, he’ll bury Vodafone ghost and campaign on reforms in Bihar

No politician sees economic reform as a vote-catcher; it’s the old, povertarian economy that gets votes. Can Modi bring farm and labour reforms centre-stage?