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Rains subside suffering continues in Chennai
Normal life continue to be impacted in the flood-hit Chennai while there was temporary respite for the citizens as the rains stopped since Wednesday night.
 
However, the dark the sky has threatened more downpours.
 
The central government has declared the city as disaster zone.
 
The water level on the roads and residential areas have not receded. The Adyar river that passes through the city is overflowing as surplus water from Chembarambakkam lake is let into the river.
 
In several places the communication lines were down.
 
The Southern Railways on Thursday cancelled a total of 20 trains out of Chennai Central Station and Chennai Egmore Station and seven trains from other stations.
 
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Britain launches first Syria air strikes
Royal Air Force Tornado jets on Thursday carried out their first air strikes against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria, hours after MPs voted in favour of British air strikes in Syria.
 
The MPs backed the action by 397 votes to 223 after a 10-hour debate in the House of Commons, BBC reported.
 
Four Tornado jets took off from RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, shortly after the vote late Wednesday night.
 
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Outdated policies increase drug-resistant TB: Survey
Outdated tuberculosis (TB) policies and practices are risking the further spread of drug-resistant TB globally, warns a 24-country survey, urging a phase-out of mandatory hospitalisation and re-treatment regimens that contribute to drug resistance.
 
Released by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) - also known as Doctors Without Borders, an international non-profit organisation - and Geneva-based Stop TB Partnership, the second edition of the "Out of Step" report is a comprehensive survey of policies and practices used to guide the diagnosis and treatment of TB.
 
"Outdated policies for TB treatment that put people at risk of increased suffering and death should be banished, including re-treatment regimens that potentially increase drug resistance and mandatory hospitalisation during treatment," explained Dr Grania Brigden, MSF access campaign TB advisor.
 
If countries are to meet globally-endorsed goals to reduce TB incidence and death by more than 90 percent over the next 20 years, aggressive efforts must start now to adopt and implement the 14 key policies and practices identified in the report.
 
The use of rapid molecular tests that can effectively diagnose drug resistance has not yet reached the broad coverage needed.
 
"We won't be able to close the huge gaps in TB diagnosis and treatment unless the policies and practices known to reduce illness, death and transmission are fully adopted and implemented in every country, including the best use of every effective tool available today," Dr Brigden said.
 
TB is curable but remains the world's deadliest infectious disease, claiming 1.5 million lives each year.
 
In October, WHO revealed that only one in four (26 percent) of the 480,000 people estimated to have developed multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) in 2014 was diagnosed.
 
Nearly 111,000 people (23 percent) started on treatment and less than half of them were successfully treated.
 
Yet of the 24 countries surveyed, only about 30 percent of countries (eight out of 24) have put in place policies to ensure that rapid molecular tests for detection of TB and drug resistance are used as the initial test for everyone being evaluated for TB, the survey noted.
 
"To meet the 90-(90)-90 targets in the 'Stop TB Partnership's Global Plan to End TB' 2016-2020 and the longer-term goals outlined in WHO's 'End TB Strategy,' country programmes need to urgently bring their national policies and practices in step with international recommendations for optimal diagnosis and treatment," stressed Dr Lucica Ditiu, executive director of the "Stop TB Partnership."
 
"We hope the 'Out of Step' report will bring a renewed focus on the importance of TB policies as the starting point for ensuring countries are equipped to scale up TB efforts," Dr Ditiu added.
 
Only about 12 percent of countries surveyed are confirmed to have all of the existing drugs used to treat drug-resistant TB on their national essential medicine lists.
 
"We need all countries to upgrade their national policies and practices to fully meet WHO recommendations within the next three years to really address TB illness and death head-on," the authors concluded.
 
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