World Tuberculosis Day 2022: Know where Kerala, other Indian states stand in fight against the disease

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World Tuberculosis Day 2022: The theme of World Tuberculosis Day 2022 for this year is ‘Invest to End TB. Save Lives.’ The theme aware people and authorities that it is high time to put efforts and resources to end the disease. 

As per a report of World Health Organization (WHO), more than 4100 people lose the battle against TB while, almost 28,000 people fall ill with this disease, each day. 

Among the call for the continuous efforts to put the pandemic to end, India seems to be working good in curing the Tuberculosis cases  where Kerala tops among the various cities bring developments to curb the spread of the disease. 

Kerala is the only state to appear in the Silver category in the Union Health Ministry’s Subnational Certification of Efforts Towards Elimination of TB. As per the media reports, the state eliminated TB cases over 40 per cent in the period six years (between 2015-2021). 

The state appeared in the Bronze category with the reduction of TB cases by 37.5 per cent between 2015 and 2020, 

Several cities and district of Mahrashtra contributed to eliminate the disease by 20 per cent. Notably, Ahmednagar in the state, has shown a remarkable 60 per cent decline in TB cases in past five years. The feat made the city win the gold medal. The other two cities like Akola and Beed have contributed with reducing 20 per cent TB cases each. 

Five districts of Karnataka bagged silver medal as the TB cases here have been reduced by 40 per cent. The cities includes includes Bengaluru Urban, Belagavi, Udupi, Uttara Kannada and Yadgir. Meanwhile, Bengaluru rural, Bijapur, Chamarajnagar, Davanagere, Dharwad, Kolar, Mandya, Shivamogga and Tumkur were in bronze category for 20 per cent reduction in cases. 

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World Tuberculosis Day 2022 is observed every year on March 24 to aware people about the severe infectious bacterial disease that can affect the lungs of human beings and put them in serious situation. 

Dr Robert Koch on this day in 1882 announced to the world about his discovery of bacterium which causes TB. Owing to this discovery, the experts could set their journey towards finding the diagnose and cure of the disease.

However, this day also recognises the hard work and efforts of the doctors, scientists and other involved authorities to put an end on the pandemic. 

first published:March 24, 2022, 6:55 p.m.

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