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`India moving fast in controlling TB'

Our Bureau

New Delhi , March 23

ON the eve of the World Tuberculosis Day, India's campaign against the dreaded disease seems to have been quite successful.

According to a global TB report released on Tuesday, India is moving ahead rapidly in its fight against TB while countries such as Pakistan, China and Bangladesh lag behind in their efforts.

Dr Bobby John of the Massive Efforts Campaign said India's progress is in sharp contrast with that of China and Thailand, which are currently curing a smaller per cent of infectious TB cases now than in previous years.

India's TB control programme has been expanded rapidly to cure 20 per cent additional patients annually by using DOTS (directly observed short duration treatment) strategy.

The country has been able to cover about 800 million people by DOTS with the treatment success rate being 85 per cent.

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