World TB Day Article By Dr. Qamar Husain Ansari
TB is globally a major health concern. WHO’s end TB strategy envisions a world TB free with zero deaths. TB is caused by a bacteria ( mycobacterium tuberculosis ) that most often affects lungs. TB is curable and preventable.
Cough with sputum and blood at times, chest pain, evening fever, night sweats, loss of appetite and weight.
TB usually spreads from person to person through air when the TB patient coughs, spits or sneezes as they propel the TB germs into the air. A person needs to inhale only a few of these germs to get infected.
People at risk:
HIV-AIDS patients, Diabetics, Smokers, Mal Nourished, Drug Abusers, Immune compromised patients and alcoholics
Last May World Health Assembly governments agreed on ambitious new 20 year ( 2016 to 2035 ) strategy to end the global TB Epidemic. Let’s all cooperate and help achieve the goal by early diagnosis and the available effective treatment.
Dr Qamar Husain Ansari,
Sr. Consultant Pulmonologist,
Apollo Health City, Hyderabad