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Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on the Tuberculosis Case Findings of India: Exploration of the Magnitude of the Threats as Well as the Available Opportunity to Mitigate the Threats

Version 1 : Received: 11 June 2021 / Approved: 14 June 2021 / Online: 14 June 2021 (09:23:05 CEST)
Version 2 : Received: 22 June 2021 / Approved: 22 June 2021 / Online: 22 June 2021 (14:05:04 CEST)

How to cite: Dey, A. Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on the Tuberculosis Case Findings of India: Exploration of the Magnitude of the Threats as Well as the Available Opportunity to Mitigate the Threats. Preprints 2021, 2021060341 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202106.0341.v1). Dey, A. Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on the Tuberculosis Case Findings of India: Exploration of the Magnitude of the Threats as Well as the Available Opportunity to Mitigate the Threats. Preprints 2021, 2021060341 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202106.0341.v1).

Abstract

Introduction: Due to COVID-19 pandemic, performance of many program has been declined and Tuberculosis (TB) program is not an exception. TB case detection and notification has been recognized as one of worst hit area. The objective of this study was to explore the TB notification status of India during this pandemic and explore options to mitigate the issue. Methods: A secondary data analysis was performed on open source TB notification database of India. Relevant literature review was done to find out remedies based on the different initiative taken by different states of India. Results: In 2020, total TB notification decreased in all the states in comparison to 2019. The percentage of loss in the country was 34%. Private TB notification also decreased in 2020 in all the states except in Jharkhand. The percentage of loss in private TB notification in the country was 35%. Notification started declining in the month of February 2020 and it was lowest in the month of April-2020. The trend of notification began to improve since May 2020 when the States started taking innovative initiatives like Integrated TB Covid Case Search. Conclusion: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the notifications of TB cases declined noticeably which has a serious implication in terms of silent spread within household and community. But the picture can be improved with integrated approach for TB-COVID case finding and management.

Keywords

: Impact of COVID on TB; TB Notification in India; Integrated TB COVID Activity; Threats and Opportunity during COVID; Initiatives to improve TB Surveillance; TB Surveillance during COVID Pandemic

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