Why global TB report a wake-up call for India?

The just-released Global Tuberculosis (TB) Report-2016 is a shocker for India. The report reveals the spread of this curable disease is larger than previously projected and moreover, the country accounts for 24 per cent of the global cases. India’s effort to check the disease is falling far short of what is required. The new figure finds 50 per cent more TB cases in India than previously assessed; so the total cases have gone up from an estimated 9.6 million to 10.4 million cases globally.

The new report is a wake-up call for India to break the status quo on how TB and its drug-resistant forms are being diagnosed and treated. Close to 480,000 people contracted multi-drug resistant TB in 2015 — more than half of them stay in India, China and Russia. The most critical aspect of the disease unfolding in the new report is quite serious — that many people with multi-drug-resistant (MDR) TB are not able to access proper treatment in their respective countries.

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