The Coronavirus Pandemic: Impact of the lockdown on Tuberculosis Care (part 2)
Listen to part 2 of episode 39 of ThoughtSpace (above) featuring Dr Madhukar Pai, Nandita Venkatesan, Dr Sarthak Rastogi, Dr Jishnu Das and Yamini Aiyar.
In part 1 of the seventh episode of the CPR ThoughtSpace series on coronavirus, our guests, Dr Madhukar Pai, Nandita Venkatesan and Dr Sarthak Rastogi talked to us about how access to medication and new diagnoses of TB patients have come to a near halt because of the coronavirus lockdown. They highlighted that India has the highest TB burden in the world with over 1,000 deaths every day, even without COVID-19. In part 2, we continue the conversation with them to look at what the government needs to do immediately during the lockdown and once it is lifted to help patients who are already on treatment and ensure that new patients continue to get diagnosed and treated.
This episode is co-hosted by Yamini Aiyar, President & Chief Executive of CPR, and Dr Jishnu Das, Professor at Georgetown University and Senior Visiting Fellow at CPR. Our guests are Dr Madhukar Pai, Professor and Director of McGill Global Health Programs and International TB Centre; Nandita Venkatesan, a journalist, TB survivor and TB disability advocate; and Dr Sarthak Rastogi, consultant pulmonologist at the Holy Family Hospital in Mumbai.
This is part 2 of episode seven in a series of episodes by the Centre for Policy Research on the unfolding coronavirus pandemic in India. You can follow the Centre’s work on Covid-19 on Twitter or visit www.cprindia.org. You can listen to all the episodes in the Coronavirus Conversation series here.