Balkrishna Mishra (for Info only, not official)

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    ...Having worked in community health for over two decades in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, I am well aware of the power of the slogan. Especially of one so simple and telling: TB Harega, Desh Jeetega. And yet, this rang hollow as we marked another TB Day on March 24. The disease is far from being vanquished. It kills an estimated 4,80,000 Indians each year — more than 1,400 every day, almost one Indian per minute. The startling fact is that this number creates little panic in the public. It doesn’t get any headline attention at a time when everything is a headline — when was the last time you heard a debate in Parliament or on prime time TV on TB? The toll hasn’t reached this figure overnight or in a month or even in a year. India has continued to account for one fourth of the global TB burden for more than a decade despite implementing the WHO-backed Directly Observed Treatment, Short-Course (DOTS) programme nationwide. ...

    Indian Express on March 31, 2017, midnight