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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 101-105

Strengthening the delivery of essential services for tuberculosis care during the ongoing coronavirus disease-2019 pandemic


Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
Member of the Medical Education Unit and Institute Research Council, Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Tiruporur-Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet - 603 108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/ijrc.ijrc_159_21

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The ongoing coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has changed the dynamics of the health sector. The purpose of the current review was to explore the relationship between COVID-19 and tuberculosis (TB), the impact of COVID-19 on TB, and identify the strategies that can be adapted to contain both infections effectively. An extensive search of all materials related to the topic was carried out on the PubMed search engine, and a total of 44 articles were selected based on their suitability with the current review objectives. Keywords used in the search include COVID-19 and tuberculosis in the title alone only. The findings of the report and research articles have reported that people with COVID-19 infection who have co-infection with TB are more likely to have poor outcomes, including death, compared with people who have only COVID-19 infection. Considering the public health magnitude of TB, we cannot undermine the importance of regular screening, preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic activities that target TB disease, as it will save millions of lives. In conclusion, as we continue our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an immense need to maintain services directed toward the prevention and control of TB. The policymakers should explore all the options that will enable the implementation of joint strategies for the better containment of both the infections without compromising the safety of health professionals.


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