Report on the state of health of Delhi

At least 10 people die every day in Delhi of tuberculosis, a curable disease, exposing a huge healthcare deficit in the national capital. Nearly 47% of the deaths are of people in the productive age group of 15 to 44 years. This data, an average of TB deaths in 2014 and 2015, was accessed by NGO Praja Foundation through RTI applications in all municipal and state government-run hospitals. The actual number of deaths due to TB in Delhi could be much higher. The data is based on deaths reported by hospitals which constitute only about 60% of all deaths. Also, hospitals run by the Centre and private institutions are not included in this. Rohini zone, in north corporation, was the city's TB hotspot, accounting for 33% of all cases. Praja Foundation said the Civil Lines zone reported 11% of all TB cases recorded by hospitals from 2014 to 2016, while Karol Bagh accounted for 8%. The NGO said that from January 2014 to December 2016, Delhi reported more than two lakh TB cases — 73,096 cases in 2014, 83,028 in 2015 and 68,169 in 2016. The disease claimed 4,350 and 3,635 lives in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

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