A new article has put the spotlight on the Indian health system and its inability to find a cure for its ills.
The article is entitled “India’s alkaline herbics” and describes a history of Indian medical practitioners using herbal medicine to treat their ailments.
The article also highlights a lack of access to the drugs used to treat the illnesses, with a report from the International Narcotics Control Board stating that India has not made a single drug-related arrest in more than five years.
“It is clear that we have failed to identify a single case of the use of alkaline herbs in India,” the INCB report stated.
“The drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis in India has been identified in the country only in recent years,” the report stated, noting that in 2016, only 6.6 percent of patients with TB in India had access to antibiotics.
“Even though most cases of TB are diagnosed by the medical profession, the Indian government does not provide effective access to pharmaceutical treatment, leaving patients with no choice but to rely on alternative drugs.”
The report also stated that “most of the medicines used to combat TB in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh are of questionable quality and have been found to contain toxic ingredients.”
The study cited a study conducted by the Indian National Research Institute (INRIX), which found that “of the 27 herbs tested, seven contained toxic substances.”
The report, published on July 26, 2017, came after a report released by the World Health Organization in October 2017, which said that India “has one of the highest TB rates in the world, but its health system has a much more challenging problem.”
According to WHO, India has one of India’s highest TB infections in terms of new infections and death, and has one the highest rates of deaths from TB.
In 2016, the country had the highest death toll from TB in South Asia, with an estimated 15,000 deaths.
Despite the increasing number of people suffering from TB, there are currently no effective treatment options available for the disease.
“The Indian government is yet to provide adequate treatment to its patients, leaving them to resort to illegal drugs or to unsafe methods of treatment,” the article states.
India has not taken the necessary steps to implement the recommendations of the ILCP, according to the report, and is now the only country in the region with a lacklustre anti-TB system.
“There are also concerns that the lack of knowledge among the health care professionals about the use and abuse of these herbs and drugs has led to a lackadaisical approach to tackling TB,” the paper stated.
However, the report also pointed out that the health system in India is already struggling to deal with the rising number of TB cases.
“More than half of the 1,000 TB patients registered at various facilities in India have been detected with tuberculosis and the rest have died,” the authors stated.
“This means that India’s health system is severely lacking in anti-tuberculosis drugs.”
India is one of only four countries in the entire world to report that TB is still endemic.
“In India, more than 40 percent of people living with TB still die from the disease, according the latest figures from the World Bank,” the researchers stated.