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| Last Updated:01/02/2019

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UP to conduct door-to-door survey to detect TB cases

The state government has directed the chief medical officers of 25 “high risk” districts to conduct a door-to-door survey to for early detection, diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis (TB). Officials said that these surveys will be started from December 26.


In a recent letter to CMOs, Padmakar Singh, director general, health, has also issued instructions to ensure that medical stores routinely provide details of customers buying TB medicines along with names and address of their doctors. 


       The state government’s directions come in the wake of the Union health ministry launching a 15-day door-to-door campaign against TB on the lines its anti-polio drive.

 According to officials, in the first phase, the drive was carried out in Meerut, Agra, Varanasi, Unnao, Gautam Budh Nagar and Ghaziabad districts in August this year.

In the second phase (December 26 to January 9), it will be extended to 25 other districts including Bareilly, Aligarh, Banda, Bijnor, Jhansi, Mathura, Kanpur Nagar, Mirzapur, Moradabad, Rampur, Allahabad, Amethi, Balrampur, Chandauli, Ghazipur, Gorakhpur, Jaunpur and Lakhimpur Kheri.


Data available with the health department says that in Bareilly, while 5,433 TB patients have been registered at various government hospitals, another 1,940 people are undergoing treatment at private medical facilities. “Each team will have three members who will visit houses. The team will look for symptoms of TB in people who have been having cough for 15 days or more. Some of these symptoms include spitting blood while coughing, having fever in the evening and loss of appetite. The team will also conduct sputum test of suspected cases. The central government aims to eradicate TB from India by 2025,” Bareilly CMO Dr Vineet Shukla said.

Bareilly district tuberculosis officer Dr Sudhir Garg said, “According to the directions of the state government, we have written to private clinics and pharmacies to routinely provide information to us about TB patients. As 13 TB medicines have been categorised in the H1 schedule of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, medical stores will have to regularly update us about names and addresses of patients and their doctors.”