19 May 2020
Bhubaneswar: More than 145 tuberculosis patients have died during the last 54 days amid lockdown in Agra. In comparison to the lockdown period, during which over 145 patients succumbed to the illness, only 27 patients had died due to TB between January 1 and March 19. These figures have been revealed on the government portal designed to track TB patients.
The death toll of TB patients raises serious questions as the number of deaths was lower in the same period in the last two years. In 2019, 99 TB patients died between March 20 and May 12. During the same period, 44 TB patients lost their lives in 2018. Looking at the figure of TB patients in Agra, between January 1 and May 12, 5,817 patients were found in the district. Of these, 172 died. 145 patients died during the lockdown.
Most of the patients who died during the lockdown were undergoing treatment at private centres, said a Health Department official. Since most private hospitals and clinics are closed, these TB patients could not get the right treatment. TB patients have low immunity and all the staff is deployed on COVID-19 duty. Only emergency cases are being attended to, said sources.