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Friday, March 24, 2017

Tame the Beast - 24TH March WORLD TUBERCULOSIS DAY

Tame  the Beast - 24TH March WORLD TUBERCULOSIS DAY

The menace due to Tuberculosis or TB as it is popularly known in India has an intricate relationship which dates thousands of years back with it having mention in the Vedas by Sushruta, India's oldest physician.

Even today, India serves as the world's front runners and is put under the category of Asia's  "High Burden". An estimated 2.8 million people were affected in 2015 accounting for about a quarter of the global burden of TB.  The annual for INDIA due to TB has been estimated at approximately Rs.12,000 crores.

Many of the recent surveys conducted reveals the astonishing figure of about 46% of cases still not being reported.

Major reasons for a patient not seeking treatment are thought to be:-
  • Poor knowledge about TB
  • Poor knowledge about services available through the national program
  • Convenience of services
  • Desire for confidentiality

Who Are All At Risk Of Acquiring TB?
  • Recent or prior TB infection bacteria in the last two years
  • HIV +ve individuals.
  • Child younger than 5 years of age
  • Chronic smoker's cigarettes or abuse alcohol and/or drugs.
  • Pregnant females are at an increased risk of acquiring TB.
  •  Patients who had not received their adequate or standardized primary treatment 

What are the symptoms that should you make suspect that you may have TB??
  • Severe cough lasting or a bad cough lasting for  3 weeks or longer
  • Pain in the chest
  • Coughing up blood or sputum (mucus from deep inside the lungs)
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Sweating at night
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms do visit Pulmonologist Or an MD Chest physicians at your earliest and get yourself evaluated.

General Principles Of Drug Treatment Of TB
  • Drug treatment is the only effective treatment for TB.        
  • Patients with active TB disease should follow a strict three/five drug as their initial TB drug treatment.
  • Omitting certain drugs from the prescribed regime or taking selective 1 or 2 drugs from the prescription can lead to the development of resistance.
  • Single drug treatment for active TB is associated with a substantial relapse rate, which may lead to the patient, becoming ill again after finishing their initial treatment.
  • Compliance with TB treatment is the responsibility of the treating physician as well as the patient. So never leave the treatment in between even if you feel that your symptoms have subsided.
  • With early diagnosis and proper treatment completely TB free life is possible.

YEAR 2020- Target for INDIA for complete eradication of TB.

So let's join in this fight and make "INDIA TUBERCULOSIS FREE."

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