India tops WHO’s chart on Tuberculosis
world. The report states, “The five countries that stood out as having the largest number of incident cases in 2016 were India, Indonesia, China, the Philippines, and Pakistan.”
Up to 27.9 lakh patients were estimated to be infected with TB in India last year. The infection burden in China is one-third of India at 8.95 lakh despite being more populous than India. Indonesia has a large number of TB patients at an estimated 10.2 lakh. Philippines and Pakistan have close to over five lakh estimated TB patients.
Of the 27.9 lakh estimated patients, only 19,38,158 TB cases were notified in public and private sector in India, which means that over 8.5 lakh cases are slipping out of the treatment purview.