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TB kills 62 people in 6 months in Mizoram

Aizawl: Tuberculosis has killed at least 62 people in Mizoram during six months (January to June) even as the Indian government is trying to eradicate tuberculosis by 2025, state TB officer Dr. Vanlalfela said on Wednesday.

Vanlalfela, during a press briefing, said that 1,144 tuberculosis cases have been identified during the period of which 12 per cent are HIV/AIDS infected people.

He said that 74 people died due to TB during last year while the death toll was 72, 50 and 56 during 2021, 2020 and 2019 respectively.

There were large number of HIV/AIDS infected people among the TB patients and it was 15 per cent of 2,081 people identified as having TB during last year, he said. 

However, the number of TB patients being cured with medical treatment during January to June this year was 83 per cent as against last year’s 87 per cent.

Aizawl district is among the top 15 TB incidence amongst the states and UTs in the country.

Dr Vanlalfela said that malnutrition and tuberculosis are closely related and those under nutrition are vulnerable to the disease while people without good food are slow to recover and being cured. 

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