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`1,000 succumbing to TB in India every day'

The World Health Organisation consultant on Revised National TB Control Programme, Ravindra Reddy, addressing World TB Day function in Mangalore on Thursday.

The World Health Organisation consultant on Revised National TB Control Programme, Ravindra Reddy, addressing World TB Day function in Mangalore on Thursday.  

MANGALORE, MARCH 24. There is a need for partnership between the Government and private agencies to reduce morbidity and mortality caused by tuberculosis by 2015. This is in line with millennium development goals drawn up by the United Nations through the World Health Organisation, its consultant on Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP), Ravindra Reddy, has said.

Participating in the World TB Celebrations organised by Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat and other agencies here on Thursday, Dr. Reddy said the aim of such partnership should be to ensure that TB is no more a health problem. The focus of RNTCP is to ensure that all people suffering from TB should be cured and no one should be allowed to succumb to the disease.

Noting that an estimated 1,000 people succumb to TB each day in India, Dr. Reddy said although this number has gradually declined in the last five years, there is no cause for cheer. There are an estimated 8.8 million people suffering from the disease in the world, 3.8 million new cases are added each year.

He said the Directly Observed Treatment Short (DOTS) course of treatment suggested by Indian scientists to the WHO and accelerated RNTCP has helped in checking runaway incidence of TB.

Stating that the greater accessibility of DOTS to people suffering from the disease has helped in controlling TB, Dr. Reddy said most parts South India have been brought under its ambit. While RNTCP has helped in reducing the number of people affected by the disease in India from 30 to 20 per cent, he said the instances of these people also suffering from HIV is a cause for worry.

Inaugurating the function, the President of Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat, Somanath, lauded the lead taken by private medical institutions in joining hands with authorities concerned in combating the disease.

Lawrence D'Souza, administrator of Father Muller Medical College Hospital, Sanjeeva Rai, Dean of Medical College, L.L. Joshua, superintendent, spoke.

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