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
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.