After the stupendous success in Polio eradication, the government appears to have set its eyes on Tuber-culosis (TB) as it has been declared a notifiable disease.
Notification of TB cases by all healthcare providers will help patients get better access to quality diagnosis and treatment. This will facilitate early diagnosis, rational treatment, prevention of complications and re-duce deaths due to TB.
It will also help the healthcare providers offer better linkages for quality diagnostic and treatment services, the notification said.
Multi-drug resistant TB has become a menace in India. Every year, the country reports 15 lakh new cases of TB. WHO says around 73,000 of the notified new TB cases in 2010 were already multi-drug resistant. Of these, less than 3,000 were detected.
WHO says, 2.1% of all new cases in India are MDR-TB, while as many as 15% of re-treatment TB cases are developing MDR-TB.