Yet another embarrassment for India; ranks with highest TB deaths in world

Yet another embarrassment for India; ranks with highest TB deaths in world

In another major embarrassment for India, a WHO report has ranked India as country with highest number of  Tuberculosis deaths around the world.

This despite the fact that India has had reduced number of Tuberculosis deaths in 2016.

India alone has contributed to 33% of the total 1.04 crore global deaths due to TB (without HIV) and 26% deaths among HIV+ cases. However, mortality of TB patients with HIV has also dipped from 37,000 in 2015 to 12,000 in 2016.

The WHO’s Global Tuberculosis Report 2017 has recorded 4.23 lakh TB deaths (without HIV) in India, a slight dip from the 4.8 lakh deaths in 2015.

The World Health Organisation report said that there were a total of 1.04 crore deaths globally, with seven countries accounting for 64% of these deaths. India, with the highest casualty rate leads the pack of these seven nations, followed by Indonesia, China, Philippines, Pakistan, Nigeria and South Africa.

Efforts put in across the world to combat the menace of Tuberculosis have saved an estimated 53 million lives since 2000 and the mortality rate has come down by 37% globally. Yet, TB remains the most killer infectious disease in the world.

“While the world has committed to ending the TB epidemic by 2030, actions and investments don’t match the political rhetoric. We need a dynamic, global, multi-sectoral approach,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO.

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