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High rate of TB in India (Relevant for GS Mains Paper III, Topic: Medical health care in India)

India had about 2.7 million people with tuberculosis in 2013, which is 23 per cent of the global burden of TB. India also accounted for 27 per cent (7,60,000) of the world’s “missing” patients — those may not have received effective TB care or may have received potentially suboptimal TB care in India’s private sector.

According to estimates by a team of researchers, of 2.7 million patients, only 72 per cent were evaluated at Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program (RNTCP) facilities, about 60 per cent successfully diagnosed, 53 per cent registered for treatment, and 45 per cent completed treatment.

Recurrence-free survival only in 39% of patients
In all, only 39 per cent of 2.7 million patients achieved optimal outcome of one-year recurrence-free survival.



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