(published today) Several eminent doctors and public health experts delivered a memorandum to Governor of Telangana calling for stronger action to accelerate progress towards eliminating #AIDS #tuberculosis
(TB) and #tobaccco
use, as well as in preventing non-communicable diseases (#NCDs).
Every person with active #TB
disease should receive accurate and early diagnosis without any delay, especially those who are currently ‘missing’, and effective correct treatment so that "TB is curable" becomes a reality for every person with active disease in the state. As every case of active TB disease comes from the #latentTB
pool (40% of our population is estimated to have latent TB), experts appealed to Telangana state to accelerate progress on preventing TB (testing and treating latent TB) too, where no one is left behind.
The delegation included the following: * Dr Ishwar Gilada, President of AIDS Society of India and Governing Council member of International AIDS Society (IAS) who was among the first doctors to begin HIV care when first case got diagnosed in the country; * Dr Erlina Burhan, Head of MDR-TB, Persahabatan Hospital in Indonesia and member Board of Directors of International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union)
Dr Nesri Padayatchi, Deputy Director, Caprisa (Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa); and recepient of South Africa Medical Research Council's Silver Scientific Merit award for excellence in TB and MDR TB research;
Dr Surya Kant, Professor and Head, Department of Respiratory Medicine, King George's Medical University (KGMU) who has been the President of Indian Chest Society, National College of Chest Physicians, and Indian College of Allergy, Asthma and Applied Immunology
Dr Anand Maurya, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhopal;
Shobha Shukla, founding Executive Director of CNS and coordinator of APCAT Media Network (Asia Pacific regional media network to end TB & tobacco and prevent NCDs); and
Bobby Ramakant of CNS and Asha Parivar; WHO Director General's WNTD Awardee (2008) and Board member of Corporate Accountability (in Boston, USA)