Amid Covid, Punjab TB drive takes successful

Vishav Bharti

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 1

Amid the pandemic, the Tuberculosis Control Programme in Punjab appears to have gone for a toss because the variety of each newly recognized sufferers and people already underneath therapy has come down considerably.

As per state’s TB cell, the quantity declined by no less than 30 per cent. The goal to diagnose new sufferers between January and July was 41,999. However, simply 29,579 sufferers may very well be traced.

Government hospitals with 74 per cent goal achievement fared higher than the non-public ones, which may meet 60 per cent of the goal.

The state had been doing effectively on this entrance until February. However, March onwards the sufferers stopped coming ahead. From a mean of 5,000 sufferers a month, it got here down to three,000 in April. The scenario remained roughly the identical the next months.

“Due to the fear of getting infected, patients stopped coming to hospitals, which has badly hit the programme,” stated Dr Jastej Singh, incharge, state TB Control Programme.

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