Tuberculosis in Chukotka is an indigenous people genocide16.07.2020
Chukotka has traditionally ranked 1st in Russia in tuberculosis incidence terms, with 136.9 newly diagnosed patients per 100,000 population. In Moscow, for comparison, only 22.6 people. You could put this down to harsh living conditions, but the new tuberculosis patients lowest number in Russia is recorded in the Nenets Autonomous district, which is also located in the Arctic. There are only 4.6 new cases per 100,000 people. By the way, tourists traveling to Chukotka should be aware of the Contracting this disease threat.
In the early 2000s, the regional tuberculosis dispensary was closed in Chukotka, and until 2014, it was possible to find data on the indigenous people incidence and other region residents. Among the Chukotka indigenous inhabitants, tuberculosis was found 13 times more often than among non-indigenous people. In recent years, data on the tuberculosis incidence are given in a single figure, without distinguishing indigenous peoples representatives. However, the situation does not seem to have improved. In addition to the fact that tuberculosis is detected at late stages, and often postmortem, which leads to mass infection of those living with the patient, all the troubles are added to ineffective treatment.
The incidence in Chukotka began to grow after the tuberculosis dispensary closure. Before its closure, the region was very prosperous and the incidence in it was lower than the average Russian, but by 2008 it had doubled, by 2014-three times, and by 2016-four times. In addition to adults, children also get sick. In 2018, tuberculosis patients in Chukotka accounted for almost half a percent of the population.