Impact of COVID-19 on Management of Tuberculosis and Strategies to Mitigate | Abstract

Journal of Research in Medical and Dental Science
eISSN No. 2347-2367 pISSN No. 2347-2545

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Impact of COVID-19 on Management of Tuberculosis and Strategies to Mitigate

Author(s): Anil U* and Sonali Choudhari


Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection, killing more than 1.5 million people per year. In spite of the global TB programmes and various national efforts to end TB, the final result which is ‘A world free of TB’ is yet to be achieved. All the health organizations are now looking towards the mitigation of the SARS-CoV-2 (Coronavirus disease). This causes massive interruptions of the TB control diversion of personnel, equipment and funding of COVID-19 over TB. The consequence for the undiagnosed and non-treated TB might be unimaginable, especially in countries like India where TB is an endemic illness. Tuberculosis (TB) is also an endemic disease and needs surveillance, clinical assessment, testing, contact tracing, confirmation of diagnosis with supervised or in supervised treatment regimens for the control of the tuberculous infection. We examine the problems posed by the present tuberculosis management in view of the on-going Coronavirus pandemic and the existing policies in place to address them. We did an exhaustive evaluation of the data to determine the impact of the pandemic with respect to tuberculosis management. We did the afore mentioned to determine the impact of the Coronavirus in tuberculosis management with the aid of appropriate keywords such as 'COVID-19,' 'pandemics,' 'tuberculosis' and 'India' on the search engines PubMed, Scopus, Google Scholar and Research Gate. The present handling of TB has caused significant disturbance, according to our findings. The SARS-COV-2 global epidemic has posed an absolute obstacle towards the implementation of the TB prevention, surveillance coupled with the treatment programme. Lockdown and public health standards have posed significant obstacles to traditional TB care, necessitating a rethinking of patient support strategies, including a greater use of online consultation.

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