New Delhi: Dec 02, 2010
India is increasing its diagnostic capability to better detect multi-drug-resistant (MDR) tuberculosis — a strain that does not respond to two of the best known first line anti-TB drugs. With a World Health Organization report recently saying, India with 99,000 new cases of MDR TB annually is second only to China (1 lakh cases), the nationwide TB control programme is now setting up 43 specialized labs to only diagnose samples for MDR TB. Around 19 labs are already in place, while the rest are expected to become functional in the next few months. According to director general of India’s TB control programme Dr L S Chauhan, it takes over four to six months to confirm a single drug-resistant case.
Health News Update