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INDIA: Doctors Told to Report All Tuberculosis Patients to Govt.




 

The Telegraph (Calcutta) (05.09.12) - Thursday, May 10, 2012

Under an order issued Wednesday by the Health Ministry, doctors in India must report every TB diagnosis to district health authorities. The notification must include the patient's name, age, sex, home address, phone number if available, date of diagnosis, treatment prescribed, and date of treatment initiation. India has the world's largest TB caseload, with an estimated 2 million cases occurring each year. The ministry has said its TB control program treats 70 percent of patients, but this can only be confirmed by knowing the true number of cases. Many doctors have expressed concern that the ministry has failed to stop physicians in private practice from writing inappropriate prescriptions for TB patients. In one study, only five of 106 Mumbai private physicians were able to identify the correct combination therapy for drug-resistant TB. "This is the first big step India is taking to understand the true incidence of TB," said Dr. Bobby John, who tracks TB as the executive director of Global Health Advocates, a non-governmental organization.



 


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