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India’s tuberculosis officers call for action on “alarming” crisis

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h449 (Published 26 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h449
  1. Sanjeet Bagcchi
  1. 1Kolkata

India’s tuberculosis epidemic is “alarming” and requires the immediate attention of the government to bring it under control, the country’s tuberculosis officers warned in a letter to the director general of health services, Jagdish Prasad, on 7 January.

The letter said, “This may be considered an emergency, which, if not addressed, could invite a disaster for India . . . You must also be facing great embarrassment to hear that India is home to every fourth TB patient in the …

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