The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has urged private doctors to notify every tuberculosis patient and register them 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).
“They (private) need to realise the urgency of the situation in that a drug sensitive epidemic is being transformed into a drug resistant epidemic. Standards of TB care have to be followed uniformly across the private sector.
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“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.
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.