The Indian Medical Association (IMA) in alliance with Central TB Division and the ministry of health has initiated a drive to make the city of Nagpur and rest of Maharashtra tuberculosis free. The group of institutions is reaching out to every private doctor in the city and urging them register the TB patients they come across in Nagpur and in other parts of Maharashtra.
On Tuesday, IMA announced the launch of numerous initiatives in sync with the central government’s plans to eradicate tuberculosis.
President of Nagpur branch of IMA, Dr Ashish Disawal, said that Maharashtra has an exceptionally high number of tuberculosis cases. It is one amongst the other states with largest number of TB patients in India.
It is essential that we utilize resources to realize the government’s dream to have a TB-free India by 2025. We have technology like Nikshay app for registration of patients. IMA is rigorously working to inform private doctors to notify TB patients who come to their clinics on this app. They will also find the support required to ensure their patients complete the treatment,” he said.
The ‘Nikshay app’ will aid the private doctors by notifying them about the patients. The doctors will be able to access various facilities that are being provided under Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP). Patients can undergo free of cost diagnosis, drug tests and avail medications as per the Standard for TB Care in India and Nikshay Poshan Yojana.
The programme also grants a sum of Rs. 500 per months for the TB patients for the nutrition support until the treatment is completed. Private doctors can make these facilities available to their patients. A sum of Rs. 500 will also be given to private doctors on TB notification and another Rs. 500 on reporting the treatment outcome.
Information source: timesofindia
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