IMA urges docs to regis­ter ev­ery TB pa­tient on NIKSHAY

NIKSHAY is a web-en­abled ap­pli­ca­tion de­vel­oped by the Health Min­istry which aims to cre­ate a data­base of all TB pa­tients for mon­i­tor­ing and re­search pur­poses

The Hitavada - - 2ND FRONT PAGE -

NEW DELHI, Jan 13 (PTI)

THE In­dian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (IMA) has urged the pri­vate doc­tors to no­tify ev­ery tu­ber­cu­lo­sis (TB) pa­tient and regis­ter the pa­tients on NIKSHAY, a web-en­abled ap­pli­ca­tion de­vel­oped by the Health Min­istry.

NIKSHAY is an on­line tool which aims to cre­ate a data­base of all TB pa­tients for mon­i­tor­ing and re­search pur­poses. Dr R V Asokan, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral and Chair­man of IMA, said pri­vate doc­tors have a huge role to play in re­port­ing TB cases and ad­her­ing to the Stan­dards for TB Care in In­dia (STCI).

“In­dia has the largest bur­den of tu­ber­cu­lo­sis in the world. No­ti­fi­ca­tion of ev­ery TB pa­tient is the sin­gle most im­por­tant in­ter­ven­tion to meet the Gov­ern­ment’s vi­sion of a TB-free In­dia. IMA is ad­dress­ing this and is en­cour­ag­ing all pri­vate doc­tors to no­tify ev­ery TB pa­tient in order to achieve the goal of ‘End TB’ in In­dia by 2025,” Asokan said.

It is seen that we are un­able to track the ac­tual num­ber of TB cases on the ground, he said. “To make the TB-free In­dia mis­sion a suc­cess no­ti­fi­ca­tion of pa­tients by pri­vate doc­tors has to in­crease by leaps and bounds. In­dia de­clared TB a no­ti­fi­able dis­ease in 2012.

All med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers in the coun­try need to no­tify their tu­ber­cu­lo­sis ( TB) pa­tients. Upon no­ti­fi­ca­tion, the pa­tient gets ac­cess to free drugs, di­ag­nos­tic tests and nutri­tional sup­port,” he said.

IMA has been work­ing with the Gov­ern­ment to de­velop strate­gies that ef­fec­tively ad­dress the im­ped­i­ments in the man­age­ment of the dis­ease, es­pe­cially the low no­ti­fi­ca­tion of pa­tients.

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