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Roopmani Singh, 50, is guided by his wife to the hospital ground where patients go to relieve themselves | Shubhangi Misra | ThePrint

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.
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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.
(Representational image) A TB awareness camp at Khaltsi in Leh district | Photo: Twitter/@DIPR_Leh

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.
A medic collects swab from the mouth of a woman resident for Covid-19 test in a containment zone at Kurla, Mumbai Representational image | PTI

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.
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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.
File image of US President Joe Biden | Photo: Shawn Thew | Bloomberg

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.
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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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Clock is ticking on tuberculosis and Covid is making it worse. Old ways won’t work

WHO's target for reduction in TB deaths fell short by more than half in the last five years. As Covid threatens to reverse the progress, a new resolve is needed on World TB Day.
Smoke billows out as fire broke out at the under-construction building at Serum Institute of India in Pune on Thursday. | ANI

Fire outbreak will hit production of BCG and rotavirus vaccines, Serum Institute says

Both vaccines are part of India’s national immunisation schedule. BCG vaccine is given to infants to prevent tuberculosis, while rotavirus vaccine is to prevent diarrhoea.
Representational image for TB patients | File photo: PTI

TB kills as many people as Covid. Let’s find a better vaccine

It’s estimated that over the last 200 years, more than 1 billion people have died from TB, far more than from any other infectious disease.

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Bitcoin, Ether tumble as China declares all cryptocurrency transactions illegal

London: Bitcoin, Ether and other digital tokens tumbled as China intensified its push to rein in crypto speculation and mining. Bitcoin fell 7.8% to $41,220 as of 7:41 a.m. in New York. The losses were more severe in other coins, with Ether, EOS, Litecoin and Dash all falling more than 7%. Crypto-related stocks also came under pressure, with Marathon Digital Holdings Inc. tumbling 6% in U.S. pre-market trading. China’s central bank said all cryptocurrency-related transactions are illegal, according to a Q&A statement on PBOC’s website. It’s an urgent task for China to root out crypto mining and the crackdown is important to meet carbon goals, according to the guidelines on the website of the nation’s economic planning agency. Bitcoin looks headed toward the $40,000 level or lower, Fawad Razaqzada, an analyst at ThinkMarkets, warned. China’s strict approach is part of the reason why Bitcoin prices collapsed in May and have struggled to regain previous all-time highs above $60,000. “The risks are skewed to...

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Representational image of an Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 fighter jet | PTI file photo

Behind IAF’s new deal for Mirage 2000 spares is a 40-year saga of missed opportunities

India had opportunity to manufacture Mirage 2000s twice, in 1980s and 2000s. But now, it has to buy phased-out aircraft to keep its fleet of 50 going.

Does India matter? Yes, Kamala Harris’s ‘sermon’ to Modi reminds him why

Democracy is the most important of the 3 Ds Modi keeps listing. If that is damaged, India’s most powerful PM in five decades also gets publicly admonished, if gently, by US V-P.
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