By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

India has the highest TB burden in the world and India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare recently released the India TB report 2020 that showed over 24.04 lakh patients (2.4 million) were notified in 2019, an increase of 14 per cent over the previous year.

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In addition, the report stated that 79,144 deaths due to tuberculosis were reported in 2019.

The Indian numbers are however lower that what the World Health Organization has reported, 2.69 million cases and 440,000 deaths.

Despite the record numbers, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan assured that the country can win the fight against TB even before 2025. “Earlier the fight against TB was a herculean task but now it is not impossible. We can win the fight against TB even before 2025,” he said.

Chandigarh leads India on TB notifications per one lakh people. As against the all India average of 177 TB case notifications per lakh people, Chandigarh in 2019 reported the highest TB notification rate of 606 per lakh people with Delhi next at 575, Puducherry at 314, Haryana at 255 and Himachal at 235.

On the basis of the score in State TB Index, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh were the top three best-performing states for tuberculosis control under the category of states with 50 lakh population.