March 23, Ang: A eminent function was congregate, World TB day observed at TB Hospital District Anantnag to memorailize world Tuberculosis (TB) day on Thursday. Hundreds of students from different nursing colleges of District Anantnag and Kulgam participated in the event. CMO, Anantnag Faazil kochak and Tehsildar Anantnag was the chief guest on the occasion. Several speakers who spoke on the occasion without objection said, that there was a dire need to raise public awareness about the spread of the disease which is treatable and preventable.
A Number of senior doctors from the twin Districts of Anantnag and Kulgam participated in the occasion. A debate competition was also held on the occasion, where Iram Sabha bagged the first Prize. An awareness rally was also taken out from the hospital.
A survey conducted by WHO in 2015 said, 10.4 million people fell ill with TB and 1.8 million died from the disease (including 0.4 million among people with HIV). Over 95% of TB deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Six countries account for 60% of the total, with India leading the count, followed by Indonesia, China, Nigeria, Pakistan and South Africa. In 2015, an estimated 1 million children became ill with TB and 170000 children died of TB. Globally in 2015, an estimated 480000 people developed multi drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB). An estimated 49 million lives were saved through TB diagnosis and treatment between 2000 and 2015.
In the last 3 years, 799 people have died because of TB in JK, and 28684 cases detected. In 2016, Anantnag witnessed 29 cases, in Srinagar 19, Budgam 10, Pulwama 7, Baramulla 15, and 18 cases have been detected from Kupwara. Seven patients from Jammu also have been registered with MDR-TB here, Doctors say that most cases of MdR-TB have been reported from far-flung areas of Kashmir which include Anantnag and Kupwara.