Northeast to be TB free by 2025

Guwahati, October 29: With a drive to eradicate tuberculosis from the Northeastern region of India by 2025, Department of North East Region (DoNER), along with Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, TB Association of NE India and Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi on Saturday initiated the first TB conference-cum-stakeholders’ workshop at a hotel in Guwahati.

TB recently has become a threat to the region and focusing on this point, VK Arora, Chairman Organizing Committee, TB Association said that the main culprit behind TB is cough. And via cough the disease is spread to hundreds, if they do not cover their mouth.

He further added that to abolish this disease across the country one must try to trace the ‘missing millions’ who are unknowingly spreading it to more.

As per reports the calling is large as the incident of TB is 333 per one lakh of the population in Assam.

The number of registered TB patients is 15,814, those notified from the public sector is 36,724 and that from the private sector is 4,127. Of the 15,814 registered patients, 79 per cent have been cured, seven per cent have defaulted on treatment and five per cent died.