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World Tuberculosis Day: Unite efforts to leave no one behind
Coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Tuberculosis Day is to be observed on March 24 with a special focus on uniting efforts to "Leave No One Behind".

The WHO has issued ethics guidance to protect rights of TB patients on the occasion of the observance with an aim to help ensure that countries implementing the End TB Strategy adhere to sound ethical standards to protect the rights of all those affected.

It is stated that the new WHO ethics guidance addresses contentious issues such as, the isolation of contagious patients, the rights of TB patients in prison, discriminatory policies against migrants affected by TB, among others.

The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee has called upon all stakeholders to redouble their efforts for an early achievement of the goal of TB elimination saying, "I am happy to learn that World Tuberculosis Day is being observed on 24th March, 2017 to commemorate the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch discovered the TB bacillus."

"TB continues to be one of the major health challenges of India. The country today is better prepared to fight TB than ever before. It is capable of effective intervention and possesses advanced technologies for diagnosis, treatment and care of TB. During the period 2012-2017, the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme screened over 42 million individuals and more than 7 million patients were administered treatment,"stated Mukherjee in an official release.

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