TB screening drive to identify patients vulnerable to Covid-19

TB screening drive to identify patients vulnerable to Covid-19


GURUGRAM: To prevent patients with tuberculosis from being exposed to the coronavirus infection, the district health department has started a door-to-door screeneing campoign on Friday to identify people displaying symptoms of TB which are similar to those of Covid. The department will put the suspected cases on timely treatment as the patients have low immunity and are prone to contracting Covid.

About 5 to 6 lakhs people in the district will be screened by 260 teams, and investigations will be done to diagnose TB.
This is being carried out with a view to ensure that people suffering from TB do not stay at home in fear of getting contaminated by coronavirus. People having symptoms of TB like cough for more than two weeks, haemoptysis, fever in the evening, weight loss and loss of appetite are suspected to have TB.
Under ‘Nikshay Poshan Yojna’, Rs 500 is given to TB patients every month till they complete treatment. Haryana aims to eliminate TB by 2025. Between December 2019 to March 2020, one lakh two thousand people were screened in Gurugram, out of whom, 38 were diagnosed with TB.
“We are screening people as both Covid and TB have similar symptoms. TB patients are more prone to respiratory diseases and are likely to get affected of Covid easily,” said Dr Virender Yadav, chief medical officer, Gurugram.
Gurugram has two CBNAAT machines – one each at Civil Hospital and SGT Medical College. “One more TrueNAAT machine will be installed in Civil Hospital in Sohna. At present, samples from Sohna area are being sent to the district TB centre in Gurugram,” said a senior health official.
Till October this year, 4,701 people were diagnosed with TB in the district. Tests and treatment for the disease is done free of cost in the city.



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