The Prime Minister is talking about TB-free country by 2025, but the increasing number of TB patients is showing a different story.
During identifying theTB patients and treating them, they started the Nutrition Assistance Program. Under this, the patients have to pay five hundred rupees per month in the bank account. Private doctors have to give TB patients information to CMO and District Tuberculosis Officer. The patient has to give details on the portal also. Five hundred rupees for marking TB patient and Rs.500 incentive amount is being given in completing the treatment.
At the same time, there has been a considerable increase in the number of TB patients in Haridwar, Dehradun, Udham Singh Nagar, and Nainital. In other districts, the number of tuberculosis (tb) patients has not been reduced. Under the Food Nutrition Assistance started from April 2018, till December 18, 11,046 TB patients have been given 1 crore 33 lakh 39 thousand rupees, whereas the total number of characters is 19,907 and only 12,814 have given their bank account details.
District Number of patients 2018 Number of patients 2017
Almora 1753 1367
Bageshwar 733 572
Chamoli 1103 860
Champawat 731 570
Dehradun 4788 3737
Pauri 1935 1510
Haridwar 5432 4239
Nainital 2693 2101
Pithoragarh 1370 1069
Rudraprayag 668 521
Tehri 1738 1356
Udham Singh Nagar 4647 3626
Uttarkashi 929 725
The percentage of achieving goal decreased
In 2017, the number of tuberculosis (tb) patients was 22,255. A total of 17,579 patients were treated with the public and private sector, while 4,676 patients could not be found. In the year 2018, 28,520 TB patients were identified and 21,783 patients were treated while 6,737 patients could not be detected. In the year 2017, 79 percent of the target was achieved, which was reduced to 76 percent in 2018.
“Complete information on TB patients is not being received. Many patients are leaving treatment in the middle. There is a problem finding such patients. Efforts will be made to increase the percentage of achieving targets this year, as well as a decrease in the number of TB patients”, said Dr. Vinod Kala, State Tuberculosis Control Officer. Read more posts…