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Govt needs to increase spending to control TB

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India’s progress on controlling TB—the country has the highest burden for the disease in the world—has been heartening. While both estimated incidence and mortality have been coming down over the years, India managed to get some degree of check on multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB, with incidence having fallen to 135,000 from 147,000 (some of it could be due to death of the afflicted individuals) between 2016 and 2017. At the same time, new and relapse cases have also dipped over the last few years, as have HIV TB cases. The fact that India’s TB control programme is significantly funded by the........

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