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AIDS’ screening ordered for TB patients across Punjab

LAHORE: Punjab Health Department on Friday decided to conduct AIDS screening tests of tuberculosis patients across the province, ARY News reported. Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid while chairing a meeting decided to conduct HIV tests of all patients suffering from tuberculosis. The meeting was told that HIV testing kits had been dispatched to all TB Control Program Centers at district level and screening tests would be started from Monday. “Screening process should be completed within 30 days and no test…

UN agrees global plan to battle TB ahead of first-ever summit

UNITED NATIONS: UN member-states have agreed on a global plan to step up the fight against tuberculosis, the world's number one killer among infectious diseases, settling a row with the United States over access to cheap drugs. Following weeks of tough negotiations, the text of a final declaration won approval and will be formally adopted at the first-ever TB summit on September 26, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York. In July, South Africa clashed with the United States over proposals to…

UN summit on TB seeks to put spotlight on killer disease

It's the world's number one killer among infectious diseases, but tuberculosis has been eclipsed by HIV/AIDS as a focus of global attention and donor funding. When world leaders gather at the United Nations next month, they will be asked to change that by committing to end the tuberculosis pandemic by 2030 and come up with $13 billion annually to achieve that goal. A row between the United States and South Africa threatens, however, to cast a pall over the first high-level meeting on tuberculosis, to be held on the…

Tuberculosis epidemic larger than previously thought, warns WHO

WASHINGTON: The tuberculosis epidemic is larger than previously thought, infecting 10.4 million people last year, while research into vaccines and cures is "severely underfunded," the World Health Organization warned on Thursday. Across the planet, 1.8 million people died of TB last year, 300,000 more than a year earlier, according to the WHO's Global TB Report 2016. Two out of five people who fell sick with the disease -- caused by a bacteria that infects the lungs and makes people cough up blood -- went undiagnosed and…