World Tuberculosis Day observed at National Platform

In 2020, India accounted for 26% of the incident tuberculosis cases across the globe

Highly common in India, tuberculosis is a bacterial infection spread through the inhalation of tiny droplets from the coughs or sneezes of an infected person. It mainly affects the lungs and in some cases, it can also affect the abdomen, glands, bones and nervous system.
According to the World Health Organization estimates, India has the world's largest tuberculosis epidemic. In 2020, India accounted for 26 percent of incident TB cases across the globe. India has incidence rate of 192 cases per 1,00,000 of population. 
The tweet by Assam Health Minister Keshab Mahanta
Image: The tweet by Assam Health Minister Keshab Mahanta
It was on March 24, 1882, when Dr Robert Koch shared his history of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria which causes TB. The Bacille Calmette Guerin (BCG) is the vaccine that is used as a protective shot against TB. This vaccine is mostly administered to children and infants in India as it is very common here.
In 2020, India accounted for 26% of the incident TB cases across the globe. India has an incidence rate of 192 cases per 100000 of population.
Addressing the #StepUpToEndTB summit on World TB Day at the Vigyan Bhawan, the Union Health Minister, Mansukh Mandaviya emphasized that in India, every year around 25 lakh cases of Tuberculosis are detected
Addressing the #StepUpToEndTB summit on World TB Day at the Vigyan Bhawan, the Union Health Minister, Mansukh Mandaviya emphasized that in India, every year around 25 lakh cases of Tuberculosis are detected. As per records, every year 4 lakh people die due to TB and most of them are below 60.
Taking this opportunity, Mandaviya repeated that the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi once said "Unitedly we will eradicate TB before 2025". Mandaviya said that this goal has to be achieved by us. Speaking about the TB Naboday Yojana, Mandaviya said that this scheme was introduced long back.
Several representatives from every state who have been working in the line of helping people to cure TB were felicitated at the event. Mansukhiya emphasized that it is everyone's responsibility to get associated with NGOs and individuals to help people get cured and create awareness about TB.
Glimpse from Vigyan Bhavan
Image: Glimpse from Vigyan Bhavan
On the occasion of World Tuberculosis Day, the health minister of Assam, Keshab Mahanta took to his tweeter and urged the people to stay united and raise awareness about this bacterial infection as it has devastating social and financial consequences on the infected people. In his tweet, Mahanta added that TB is preventable and treatable.
This program at the Vigyan Bhawan was attended by Keshab Mahanta (Assam's Health Minister), Anandiben Patel, the Governor of Uttar Pradesh as the chief guest along with several other dignitaries.



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