WORLD TUBERCULOSIS DAY

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Tuberculosis Care: Why The Government Must Engage With The Private Sector

As more than half of patients seek care in the private sector, the government needs to engage more with private practitioners and explore innovative ways to do so. They must find ways to ensure that private care providers follow proper diagnostic and treatment protocols, and notify cases to the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program (RNTCP). Ultimately, TB patients need quality care, regardless of whether they choose to seek care in the public or the private sector.
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Let's Take On The Daunting Task Of Defeating TB

My engagement with TB began three years ago, when the Global Coalition Against TB (GCAT), then known as the National Forum on TB, was instituted in New Delhi. What struck me most strongly was the fact that this was no new disease. It was ancient, well-known and familiar, and most importantly, preventable and treatable. It was unacceptable to me and many of my parliamentary and political colleagues that such a disease be allowed to infect and kill our fellow citizens.