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A silent casualty: Drop in TB reporting, states admit lockdown issues

Between April 1 and 14 that number has dramatically shrunk to just 19,145 with 15,813 being notified by the government sector.

Tuberculosis, tuberculosis in India, tuberculosis cases in India, tuberculosis cases India, TB cases in India, India news, Indian Express Public records on the Nikshay dashboard, the official database for TB across the country, between February 14 and 29 as many as 1,14,460 TB cases were notified.

AMID the ongoing Covid outbreak and what it called its “unprecedented demands”, the Union Health Ministry underlined the need to maintain essential health services. With the health infrastructure in states strained fighting Covid, tuberculosis seems to be one of the first casualties.

Public records on the Nikshay dashboard, the official database for TB across the country, between February 14 and 29 — the corona outbreak came on the national radar in early March — as many as 1,14,460 TB cases were notified. Of these, 83,697 were from the government sector, the rest from private hospitals.

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