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Declaration of Tuberculosis as notifiable disease is a good move
While highly infectious diseases such as polio, plague, swine flu, bird flu are in the list of notifiable diseases in India, on May 7, the Indian Government finally declared tuberculosis (TB) also as a notifiable disease. This will send out a strong message to the country as well as make the intentions of India clear on its international health commitments.

ACCORDING TO a World Health Organization (WHO) study, China, Russia and India account for over 50% of the cases of Multi-Drug Resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Now, with immediate affect, all private and government institutions or hospitals will have to report to the government if they detect any TB case.

Due to lack of awareness, many people suffering from MDR-TB cases are not getting the treatment they need and most of them die. According The Times of India nearly one in six deaths among adults aged 15-49 are due to TB. Generally, the patients suffering from TB prefer a private hospital rather than a government one. The private doctors without a proper examination prescribe the patients some irrational combination of drugs which in turn makes them resistant to drugs. These patients finally come to government hospitals. So it is most important that the private doctors report all TB cases to the national TB control programme (RNTCP), which has high-tech labs and high quality medicines and provides testing free of cost.

As per the notification, early and correct diagnosis and treatment of TB is very important for the prevention and control of TB. Incomplete or irregular treatment of TB with anti-TB drugs causes spread and emergence of drug resistant TB. According to TNIE the WHO suggests that a national level database bank on MDR-TB needs to be developed sooner. It is possible only when all the TB cases are recorded.

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