Health Minister J P Nadda today launched CBNAAT diagnostic machine for the quick diagnosis of Tuberculosis, TB, within two hours. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Nadda said this will help in treating patients of TB patients promptly.
At present 121 CBNAAT machine are functioning and five hundred more such machines were launched today.Mr Nadda also launched a new anti-TB drug Bedaquiline.The drug will be made available in six public hospitals in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Guwahati and Ahmedabad.
The Health Minister said government is aggressively taking initiatives to fight against TB. 22 lakh patients are being detected with TB annually in India. Around two lakh and 20 thousand lost their lives due to the disease. He also launched WHO regional strategy plan 2016-20 to end TB in South Asia.