The World Health Organization is warning governments that the tuberculosis outbreak is out of control. Thousands of people are dying every year due to this diseases and a third of them are from India. Even though leaders from all around the world promised to reduce the deaths from this cause, it seems that the numbers have actually grown in the last years.
One of the biggest problems Indian authorities have to handle is the difference between new cases and the estimated number of incident cases. In the best case, the gap was 4.3 million, which is a major problem. There are so many people who are not diagnosed in time, especially in countries where health care is not a priority for the government.
WHO officials explained that some of the people who suffer from tuberculosis are never diagnosed. Those who discover that something is wrong to go to a private doctor and they never report to the authorities. The gap is so big because only 11 percent of tuberculosis cases in India are reported by the private sector, even though more people are making this choice instead of going to a public health provider.
India has major issues when it comes to their health system. They rely on international funding for public health problems. Moreover, their national budget for health is lower than what WHO is recommending. This is one of the reasons why so many people get sick of Tuberculosis. They do not what the dangers of the disease, how to prevent it and why they should go to the doctor. For the authorities to solve the issue, they should start educating people since school.
The world has 6.6 billion dollars to spend on Tuberculosis prevention and treatment in countries with low income. However, it is not enough. There is a vaccine for this disease, called the BCG vaccine. It was developed 100 years ago to protect children. Unfortunately, we do not have a vaccine for adults.
The government agreed to focus more on this issue. They will continue their efforts to reduce the Tuberculosis outbreak. Their plan a 90 percent reduction in deaths by 2030, compared with 2015. It will be a difficult journey, having in mind that most people are not aware of the danger. What do you think? Is Tuberculosis a major threat?
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