Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Today is World TB Day: Lesson from COVID 19

Today is World TB Day: Lesson from COVID 19

If we want to eradicate TB by 2025, we need to have lessons from COVIOD 19

Dr KK Aggarwal
President CMAAO, HCFI and Past national President IMA

·      Act early before it is too late
·      Create public awareness at grass root level
·      Have PM give National Appeals
·      Test Test and Test all close contacts and symptomatic cases
·      Detect asymptomatic cases
·      Trace all close contacts
·      Trace all household contacts of TB patients, people living with HIV and other people at risk with lowered” immunity or living in crowded settings.
·      Self-quarantine all infected and infectious cases for 14 days
·      Do not ignore any patient with cough
·      Notify every case of TB
·      Protect high risk cases ( uncontrolled diabetics, immune suppressant)
·      Invoke section 270 of IPC and treat every MDR and XDR case

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