PM calls on citizens to take lead for TB-free world

India has more new TB patients annually than any other country globally, contributing to 27% of the world's TB burden.

Around 6.19% TB patients in India are multi-drug resistant, with 2.84% new patients and 11.60% previously treated TB patients being MDR-TB, stated the study.

What caused the increase in TB cases in Malaysia? In 2016, 10 million people developed TB.

Tuberculosis, commonly referred to as TB, is a contagious infectious disease that usually attacks the lungs.

TB is caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis, a germ that primarily affects the lungs but can affect other organs, such as the brain, kidneys and spine.

In order to ensure proper diagnosis of Tuberculosis and its management in patients and their contacts and to reduce the transmission of this disease and further to address the problems of emergence and spread of Drug Resistant TB, it is essential to collect complete information of all TB patients, it stressed.

Approximately 10 percent of people infected with TB bacteria will develop active TB disease.

They will encourage Reading people to be screened for latent TB or "sleeping TB' - estimated to infect one third of the world's population". Six people in IN died from TB in 2017, which was a slight increase from 2016. Unlike the pulmonary TB, ocular TB does not manifest easily till it reaches an advanced stage.

I am a paediatric infectious disease doctor splitting my time between London, where I spend one month a year working as a paediatric infectious diseases doctor, and Cape Town, where I do research.

Some of the barriers are biological as TB has evolved over millennia to evade our immune systems. You might still have the infection but will experience no symptoms. The battle against TB is one of the most expensive one.

In recognition of World TB Day, the CDC will hold an event today at its facility in Hamad Medical City to acknowledge the occasion with staff and patients.

He noted that while the chest clinics under the DH's Centre for Health Protection (CHP) provide TB patients with free outpatient consultation and treatment, the HA provides inpatient and special investigation services for these patients. But we need more heroes; leaders to push for strong political commitment to bring Dr Robert Koch's work to its end act and to consign TB to the history books.

WHO says ending TB epidemic by 2030 is among the health targets of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The theme is considered to be critical because there will a high-level meeting at the upcoming UN General Assembly.

Health Research Council chief executive Professor Kath McPherson says the Council endeavours to fund world-leading research and is involved in a number of worldwide collaborations to tackle global health issues.

  • Joanne Flowers