Medical Colleges Might Soon Set Up Mandatory Drug Resistant TB Centers

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The tuberculosis has become a very deadly disease in India and is taking so many lives. The parasite is active in many and is being carried to others. The health ministry of India has taken a decision to set up the mandatory drug resistant TB centers in all the medical colleges soon and will become effective to recognise the deadly parasite sooner than what is happening now.

The Health Ministry has written a letter to the MCI proposing that drug-resistant tuberculosis centres should be made mandatory in medical colleges for them to get recognised. “The move is aimed at helping patients suffering from drug-resistant TB get treatment at the nearest facility,” a senior Health Ministry official said. It is being a part of the plan which was laid to remove TB by 2025.

According to the Health Ministry data, incidence of tuberculosis was estimated to be 217 per lakh population in 2015 which reduced to 211 per lakh population in 2016. The government had recently rolled out a daily drug regimen for the treatment of TB under the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) across all states under which patients are being given fixed drug combinations (FDCs).

FDC is a three or four drugs in a single pill, on a daily basis instead of thrice a week. Taking stock of the Tuberculosis Control Program, Health Minister J P Nadda had urged all stakeholders to come together for an aggressive strategy for tuberculosis-free India by 2025.

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