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Surat: A review meeting between the state health department and authorities from the New Civil Hospital was conducted to look into the city’s tuberculosis cases. According to a report presented at the meeting, around 1,400 persons in the city get infected with tuberculosis each week.
According to health experts, the incidence of TB cases in the city reduced during the second wave of COVID-19 as the number of COVID-19 patients increased.
Many people did not get tested for tuberculosis because they were afraid of the virus, according to the specialists. However, as the number of COVID-19 cases declines, the number of TB patients has been rising.
“The number of TB patients has increased, which is a good sign,” said Arvind Pandey, head of the tuberculosis department at SMIMER hospital. “People with modest symptoms did not go to the hospital for check-ups during the second wave.
There were a few instances where COVID-19 patients showed signs and symptoms of tuberculosis.”
He added: “Roughly 1,400 to 1,500 instances are being found per week at the moment, compared to around 700 during the lockdown. We intend to begin more and more diagnoses in order to detect more cases.”
The review meeting was attended by Dr Satish Makwana, State TB officer; Dr Hritambhara Mehta, dean of Govt Medical College; and officials from New Civil Hospital and SMIMER Hospital.
“We have to eradicate tuberculosis from the state by 2025,” Dr Makwana remarked. “We want to do so and will ensure smooth collaboration between state and local teams in order to complete this project quickly,” he added.