From Risks to Myths, Here's Everything You Need to Know About TB

Posted March 24, 2018

TB mainly attacks the lungs but it can also spread to the other parts of the body like the brain, spine, uterus, mouth, liver, kidney, throat and bones. According to a World Health Organisation report published in January, 10.4 million fell ill with TB across the world.

"When persons are diagnosed and start treatment, the city realises that adherence is hard for clients, particularly given the long timeline involved". TB test and treatment are free in Nigeria.

The varied symptoms make diagnosis hard and other invasive techniques such as Gastric Lavage, GeneXpert are hard to be performed on small children for sample collection, say pulmonologists.

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"We're just trying to be on the lookout for that because a lot of physicians if they have a patient that comes in and their coughing, they may not think TB to start with", said Porter. We have to carry out invasive techniques to detect TB by extracting acid from the stomach through a tube.

Though most of the research the Council funds is carried out in New Zealand, Professor McPherson says the Council always looks at the quality of the proposal, first and foremost. In case a TB-infected person coughs, talks, laughs or sneezes near you and you breathe the germs that s/he released, you too will get infected with TB. People who arrive from or visit sub-Saharan and south-east Asian countries are at greatest risk. They have more independence and better capacity to make decisions than young children, but they may still need more support in managing their health than the average adult. They also shared how over a million cases went missing from the national notification system. As a result only 30 % of the patients complete the treatment. "The treatment is a lengthy one but most patients who take medications in a proper way can beat the disease effectively", said Dr Puneet Khanna, Senior Consultant & Head, Respiratory Medicine Intervention Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine, Aakash Healthcare Super Speciality Hospital. There is an increase in MDR TB patients in last few years. A health exhibition with educational activities is being staged at a shopping mall in Diamond Hill today and tomorrow (March 25) to promote messages on the prevention of TB to the public.

However, TB is not that easy to catch.

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Some of the common symptoms are redness in the eye; ocular swelling, inflammation, etc., make it necessary to create awareness around the condition.

From the number of cases of TB findings, as many as 300 thousand cases have not been reported and recorded perfectly, making it hard to know the TB patients with the type of disease and completeness of treatment. "Unless it is reported we can't handle it the way we want", said Dr Hari Prasad, president, hospitals division, Apollo Hospitals.

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