A few decades ago, tuberculosis was a threatening disease in Britain. Although the condition is not so presently, Britain still has the second highest rate of the disease among Western European countries. Now, in order to completely eradicate the lung disease, a £11.5m plan has been launched by UK health chiefs. Under the plan, Public Health England will collaborate with NHS for improving the access to screening, testing and treatment. It also aims at introducing services like ‘Find and Treat’ mobile health units.
Paul Cosford, a PHE director stated “TB should be consigned to the past, and yet it is occurring in England at higher rates than most of Western Europe.” NHS England’s medical director, Bruce Keogh, commented “Our goal is to eliminate TB as a public health problem.”
Tuberculosis was previously called as ‘the white plague’ as the victims affected by the disease become pale and feverish. The disease has, since long, consistently stayed in Britain. The lung disease mostly affects the individuals belonging to areas of poverty and deprivation. This contagious disease spreads through coughs and sneezes of an infected person. In 2013, England reported 7,290 TB cases. Urban “hot spots” like London, Leicester, Birmingham, Luton, Manchester and Coventry also witness a number of TB cases. Another problem which is arising is the drug resistant TB. In 2000, the cases of multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB was 28 in England which in 2003 rose to 68.