Sixty-five out of every one lakh people in India are suffering from tuberculosis (TB),a curable airborne disease,and it constitutes 20 per cent of global burden,experts said.
Poorly supervised or incomplete treatment of TB is worse than no treatment and India leading in TB cases could be attributed to lack of good healthcare institutes,Honorary Secretary and technical advisor to the Maharashtra State Anti-tuberculosis Association Dr Yatin Dholakia said.
Repeated sensitisation and creating awareness among public is required that TB is treatable and curable within six months if proper medication is taken,Dholakia said.
“The fact that if the treatment is incomplete and if the patient develops multi-drug resistance,he will have to undergo a longer (at least two year) treatment,the exchequer burden on the government would be almost five times and this has to be understood by the health officials,” he said.
Experts participating in a four-day workshop organized for health officials from various states in the country and Brazil said,”We need to concentrate on the infectious diseases in India which affects 210 out of every one lakh of which 65 have TB,” he said.
“We are training health officials from various state health directorates and have also invited observers from China and Brazil for the workshop,” Sheila Anazonwu,Programme development and Knowledge manager of France-based International Hospital Federation (IHF) said.
According to the Lilly MDR TB International (LMTBI),a partner with IHF,financial support for TB treatment drugs has to be continuous,as interruption to the drug therapy process increases the potential and likelihood of resistance to all major anti-drugs.
Officials from Health Directorate of Delhi,Uttarakhand,Chhattisgarh,Andhra Pradesh,Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh are participating in the workshop which will conclude tomorrow.