Govt mulls giv­ing ‘so­cial sup­port’ of Rs 500 per month to TB pa­tients

■ Health Min­istry aims to re­duce in­ci­dences of TB by 90 pc by 2025 and re­duce mor­tal­ity due to the dis­ease by 95 pc by 2030 un­der the Re­vised Na­tional TB Con­trol Pro­gramme

The Hitavada - - 2ND FRONTPAGE -

THE Gov­ern­ment plans to give Rs 500 a month to Tu­ber­cu­lo­sis (TB) pa­tients to help them buy nutri­tious food and com­pen­sate them for travel ex­penses un­til they are cured of the dis­ease, a Health Min­istry of­fi­cial has said.

Un­der the pro­posal, the money would be given to pa­tients, who num­ber around 25 lakh, ir­re­spec­tive of their in­come level.

The Ex­pen­di­ture Fi­nance Com­mit­tee has ap­proved the pro­posal and sent it to the Mis­sion Steer­ing Group, the of­fi­cial said.

The ini­tia­tive is part of the Na­tional Strate­gic Plan for TB Elim­i­na­tion, with the Health Min­istry aim­ing to elim­i­nate TB by 2025.

“Around 25 lakh pa­tients suf­fer­ing from tu­ber­cu­lo­sis will soon be given Rs 500 per month, ir­re­spec­tive of their in­come level, as so­cial sup­port. A mech­a­nism will be put in place to give the in­cen­tives to the pa­tients on the ba­sis of their Aad­haar num­ber and med­i­cal doc­u­ments,” the of­fi­cial said.

Ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion, an es­ti­mated 2.8 mil­lion cases of TB oc­cur in In­dia ev­ery year, out of which 1.7 mil­lion cases are re­ported.

“The Health Min­istry aims to re­duce in­ci­dences of TB by 90 per cent by 2025 and re­duce mor­tal­ity due to the dis­ease by 95 per cent by 2030 un­der the Re­vised Na­tional TB Con­trol Pro­gramme,” the of­fi­cial said. The Min­istry re­cently rolled out the daily drug reg­i­men to com­bat the dis­ease across the coun­try. Un­der the new treat­ment pol­icy, pa­tients are given fixed drug com­bi­na­tions - three or four drugs in a sin­gle pill - daily, in­stead of thrice a week (in­ter­mit­tent drug reg­i­men). Dosage is de­ter­mined ac­cord­ing to the pa­tient’s body weight. Pre­vi­ously, it was same for all adults, an of­fi­cial said.

“Also, chil­dren suf­fer­ing from tu­ber­cu­lo­sis won’t have to take the bit­ter tablets any­more as they will be re­placed with eas­ily-dis­solv­able and flavoured drugs,” he said. Since 1997, un­der the RNTCP, pa­tients were be­ing ad­min­is­tered drugs thrice a week. The daily treat­ment reg­i­men is likely to be more ef­fec­tive with lesser re­lapses and it is ex­pected to re­duce drug-re­sis­tance with greater com­pli­ance.

The WHO re­vised its TB man­age­ment guide­lines in 2010, rec­om­mend­ing that the daily drug reg­i­men be adopted un­der the RNTCP. Ac­cord­ing to Health Min­istry data, TB in­ci­dences were es­ti­mated to be 217 per lakh pop­u­la­tion in 2015, which re­duced to 211 per lakh pop­u­la­tion in 2016.

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