Health Desk- Oct 07, 2019: Although Bangladesh has made significant progress in checking tuberculosis (TB) in recent years, a large number of the country’s people are still affected by the disease, in many cases because of smoking.
A recent non-government study has found that more than 3.5 lakh people of the country are affected by TB every year, and about 70,000 of them die of the contagious disease, caused by bacteria which usually affects lungs.
It also found that tobacco consumption contributes to some 20 percent of the death toll.
ARK Foundation, a non-government organisation working on public health, conducted the study on of 1,527 TB patients in four districts -- Dhaka, Gazipur, Narayanganj and Narsingdi -- from 2017 to 2019.
The findings were unveiled at a seminar held at a city hotel on Sunday.
Among the surveyed patients, the study found that about 23 percent are smokers, with the gender ratio heavily leaning towards men.
It said the risk of death becomes almost double for TB patients who are smokers.