Orissa: Incidence of TB more in urban areas

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Bhubaneswar, Mar 24: Incidence of Tuberculosis(TB) cases is expected to rise in urban areas because of overcrowding, poor ventilation and poor living conditions, Deputy Director TB Gangadhar Rath said here today.

Quoting a status report on the disease prepared by the Orissa government on the eve of the World TB day tomorrow Dr Rath said in Orissa an estimated 230 suffer from Tuberculosis per lakhpopulation per year which stood at 89,700 per year.

By end of December 2007, a total of 2,72,443 patients had been put on DOTS treatment since inception of the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP)with a treatment success rate of 86 per cent.

In Orissa RNTCP was implemented in 1997 with support of DANIDA and by 2004 all the districts were covered.

Dr Rath said Orissa government is committed to provide good quality, accessible and free services for treatment of Tuberculosis to the people of the state but non adoption of DOTS by the health care providers in private sector posed a major challenge.

The Second phase of RNTCP started from January 2006 .

During 2007-08 out of Rs8.19 crore provided for combating the disease a sum of Rs 4,37,43,297 had been spent by end of December 2007 .

India with the highest incidence of TB in the world accounted for 20 per cent of the global incidence.

Every year 1.8 million new TB cases are reported in the country out of which, 0.8 million are infectious sputum positive cases.

In our country 3,80,000 persons die each year because of TB, two deaths are reported in every 3 minutes. Death rates have drastically fallen after implementation of the Revised National TB Control Programme, the report said.


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