One of the biggest public health challenges facing India today is containing the spread of communicable diseases, and the largest of them is tuberculosis, or TB. India, which accounts for one-fifth of all TB cases in the world, implemented the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme in 1997, which now aims to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of halting and reversing the incidence of the disease. The biggest threat to the programme is the rise of strains of the disease that do not respond to standard drug treatment—multi-drug resistance and extreme drug resistance TB.
On World Tuberculosis Day, we look at where India stands ( Graphic )
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Compiled by Radhieka Pandya / Mint
Graphics by Paras Jain / Mint