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Chandigarh among top five in controlling TB Apr 21

Chandigarh has been adjudged among the top five performing states and union territories in the country by TB India-2008 RNTCP (Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme) status report, brought out by the Union Health Ministry. The treatment success rate of tuberculosis for the year in Chandigarh was 86 per cent. The City Beautiful was able to achieve it for the seventh consecutive year. In controlling TB, Chandigarh is now at par with Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Arunachal Pradesh.

Dr Manjit Singh Bains, director, Health and Family Welfare-cum-Mission Director, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), UT, said the city had been achieving this distinction since January 25, 2002, the day when the tuberculosis control programme was launched here.

Dr PK Shridhar, nodal officer, National Rural Health Mission, said in 2008, 13,937 patients were examined for sputum diagnosis, out of which 1,793 were found positive and 837 new smear positive patients were put on treatment.

The other smear positive patients were either referred to other states or were treated under other categories of treatment. The new sputum positive detection rate is 84 per lakh of population in Chandigarh.

Up to December, 2008, 15,123 patients were put on treatment. In calendar year 2008, the total annual detection rate was 243 per lakh. There were only two per cent death among 2400-odd patients put on treatment in one year, two per cent failure rate and three per cent defaulter rate, the lowest in the country, said Dr Shridhar.

“The target is to reduce the death rate and the prevalence of TB patients to half by 2015 as a Millennium Development Goal (MDG),” he added.