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Covid-19 epidemic may increase HIV, TB and malaria cases

May 4th 2020 at 9:49 PM


The number of patients with diseases like HIV, TB and malaria is likely to increase. Researchers claim that some regions can see an increase of up to 10, 20 and 36% in five years due to the Kovid-19 epidemic in HIV, TB and malaria-related deaths, respectively.

The impact of the corona epidemic on HIV, TB and malaria patients in low-income countries was studied. The study revealed that HIV, TB and malaria cases and deaths could increase drastically if health services were disrupted. Two of the most common things have been seen in the number of deaths in the world so far. First, older age and second comobidities.

Impact on Malaria Control by Kovid-19

The health system in sub-Saharan Africa likely to be severely disrupted in the coming weeks and months.

According to 2018 data, 90 percent of malaria deaths occur in the region.

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Use of COVID-19 and the Malaria Transmission Model to Understand Health Services

Kovid-19 has affected malaria-control activities.

As a result, a severe malaria epidemic will be encountered.

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Prioritizing regular prevention strategies

The report suggests that in order to reduce the risk of chronic disease, attention should be paid to improving its treatment methods.

Other health activities should be continued to prevent malaria.

Where possible, ensure basic access to people for antimalarial treatment.

Dr. Thomas Churcher of the School of Public Health at Imperial stated- "COVID-19 will significantly increase the burden of malaria, unless regular preventive strategies are prioritized. Bed net distribution is needed in a planned manner for this year to prevent the Kovid-19 from spreading horribly. This analysis has also been recognized by the World Health Organization.

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Important strategies to combat HIV and TB

The greatest effect on HIV will be due to interruption in the supply of antiretroviral therapy. Because an HIV patient may require regular intake of these drugs. If there is any obstruction in this, then the number of deaths from HIV may increase by 10 percent in the coming five years.

Dr Britta Jewell, from the School of Public Health at Imperial, said: "For HIV programs, the most important initiative for HIV patients currently should be to maintain antiretroviral treatment. A substantial increase in the number can be seen.


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