On the lines of its anti-polio drive, the health ministry has launched a 15-day door-to-door campaign across the country for early detection, diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis to eliminate the disease. Under the campaign, health department workers, Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) and TB supervisors will make door-to-door visits to find TB patients and give them free medical treatment till they are cured.
According to the World Health Organisation, an estimated 2.8 million cases of TB occur in India every year, out of which 1.7 million cases are reported. “Around one million cases of tuberculosis get missed every year. These are the most vulnerable population including those living in slums, mine workers, unorganised labourers, prisoners and migrants among others.
The programme was launched in January last year and the second phase of the exercise was carried out in July. “In both the campaigns together, 15,000 cases of TB were detected and the patients were put on treatment. The health ministry aims to reduce incidences of TB by 90 per cent by 2025 and reduce mortality due to the disease by 95 per cent by 2030 under the Revised National TB Control Programme.