Scientists have developed a fast, paper-based test to diagnose tuberculosis that can be read with a smartphone. Diagnosing tuberculosis (TB) early can allow patients to receive the medicine they need and also help prevent the disease from spreading.
“An investigation into the case is being conducted and strict action will be taken if any negligence is found. The patient’s family has alleged that they were made to wait and this led to his death. There are CCTVs in the hospital premises and all allegations will be looked into,” doctor said
The first round was conducted in January, during which authorities had unveiled 2,650 “hidden” cases of TB from 55 districts across 18 states.
A nurse who looked after her in 2014 and 2015 said she would earlier speak with hospital staff about her treatment and her family- “But when she realised they had abandoned her”, she went into depression.
Tuberculosis on the rise, from 36,417 in 2012-13 to 50,001 in 2016-17; adherence to free treatment has reduced
India has not taken up this challenge and this molecular test is not the initial TB diagnostic test for adults and children being investigated for TB here, the Out of Step report has said. Smear microscopy is often used as the initial diagnostic test in the private sector, where up to 70% of people are treated – and delays in diagnosis and treatment initiation are common.
Union Health Minister J P Nadda said that India has formulated a national strategic plan with a special focus on stamping out the bacterial disease at grass root levels.
2014 project has shown a faster cure rate in 11 children due to improved immunity, BMC now looking for more donors to expand project in all 24 wards.
Bedaquiline, which is a drug for Multi-Drug Resistant TB, is being introduced at six identified tertiary care centres across India.
An estimated 2.2 million people suffer from TB in India with over 70,000 MDR TB patients.
Two clinical trials are planned in India, which is among the high-burden countries.
Dr Soumya Swaminathan, secretary, department of health and research, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, spoke on TB elimination
The interventions are being rolled out in a phased manner and this would give the Ministry ample opportunity to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of these initiatives in difficult areas.
The letter comes two months after his fellow undertrial Abdi Chama died in the same hospital of tuberculosis
According to protocol, the hospital waits for a week to 10 days for relatives to claim a body. When no one turns up, the body is sent for examination to a nearby tertiary centre to rule out HIV infection.