TB notifications register fall due to pandemic disruptions

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published Published on Mar 24, 2021   modified Modified on Mar 25, 2021

-The Hindu

They were on an upward trajectory between January and February 2020

In 2020, there were 18.05 TB notifications, which was a fall of 24% from 2019 due to the disruptions caused by the pandemic, according to the India TB report released by the Health Ministry on Wednesday.

The report said between January and February 2020, the notifications were on an upward trajectory, with 6% more cases reported in the same period in 2019.

“As a result of the lockdown, notifications in the public sector fell by 38% and 44% in the private sector in April and May. Of the reported 24.04 lakh TB cases in 2019, treatment success was 82%, mortality rate was 4%, 4% patients were lost to follow up and treatment failure and regimen change after initiation of treatment was about 3%,’’ said the report.

It said the approved budgets toward the programme have increased substantially, from 640 crore in 2016-17 to 3,333 crores in 2019-20, however, there was a fall in budget to 3,110 crore in 2020-21.

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The Hindu, 24 March, 2021, https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tb-notifications-register-fall-due-to-pandemic-disruptions/article34153456.ece?homepage=true

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