Kohima, June 24 (NE): Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey launched ‘India Annual TB (Tuberculosis) Report 2020,’ through a virtual event today, June 24, 2020. Nagaland awarded for the best performing state for its work on eradication of TB along with Tripura under the category of states with less than 50 lakhs population.
Releasing the Annual TB Report, Dr Harsh Vardhan commended the collective efforts of all who were involved in this task. “The Government of India under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is committed to achieving the SDG goal of eliminating TB in the country by 2025, five years ahead of the Global Target.
To align with the ambitious goal, the programme has been renamed from Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program (RNTCP) to National Tuberculosis Elimination Program (NTEP)’, he stated.
In the categories of larger states with more than 50 lakh population, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh were awarded as best performing States under National TB Elimination Programme (NTEP) in the year 2019.
In the category of smaller states with less than 50 lakh population, Tripura and Nagaland were awarded. In the category of Union Territory, Dadara and Nagar Haveli, and Daman & Diu were chosen as the best performers in the year 2019.
The ranking will surely encourage all the States/UTs to improve their performance to attain their targets. Early accurate diagnosis followed by prompt appropriate treatment is vital for ending TB. The National TB Elimination Programme (NTEP) has expanded both the laboratory network as well as diagnostic facilities to cover the entire country, said the Union Health Minister.
According to the report, over 24.04 lakh patients were notified in 2019, an increase of 14 percent over the previous year. “This holds significance in our fight against Tuberculosis,” said Harsh Vardhan pursuant to release of the book.
The report stated that out of the total TB patients, up to 2.9 lakh are missing or failed to be picked up. “Out of the 10 lakh missing cases across the country, we were able to find 7.81 lakh cases,” he added.
They also released a Joint Monitoring Mission (JMM) report, a manual on Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) to TB patients under NIKSHAY system, a Training Module, and the quarterly newsletter NIKSHAY Patrika.