In­dia tops WHO’s chart on Tu­ber­cu­lo­sis

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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.

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