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Attention Doctors, Chemists: Notify TB or GO TO JAIL

Attention Doctors, Chemists: Notify TB or GO TO JAIL

New Delhi: The Centre has decided to rope in chemists and druggists to strengthen the mechanism of notifying tuberculosis incidence to authorities concerned, and if they or a health establishment fail to do so, it would attract penal action, including imprisonment and fine.

A notification by the Union health ministry today stated that all pharmacies and chemists dispensing anti-tuberculosis drugs will have to notify TB patients along with details of medicines and a copy of the prescriptions electronically or in hard copy to the nodal officer of the district or any other official authorized by him.

According to a health ministry official, “The aim is to trace the missing TB cases by strengthening the reporting system.”

The notification stated that if a health establishment, pharmacy, chemist and druggist, fails to notify a TB patient to a nodal officer or a local public health authority, or if the official concerned does not take appropriate action on receiving such notification, he would face action under IPC sections 269 and 270.

According to the IPC’s Section 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life), the convict shall undergo imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine, or with both.

Section 270 of the IPC, which deals malignant act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life, recommends imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.

Local Public Health Authority refers to district health officer or chief medical officer of a district and municipal health officer of urban local bodies or their designated district tuberculosis officers.

“Considering the importance of patient support needed for complete and appropriate treatment, all tuberculosis patients are encouraged to self-notify themselves with their own details and that of treating medical practitioners,” the notification read.

It stated that to ensure proper diagnosis and management of tuberculosis, it is essential to collect complete information of all TB patients.

List and contact details of State Tuberculosis Officers and District Tuberculosis Officers concerned, will be regularly updated by the Central Tuberculosis Division, in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and made available on and, the notification stated.

Source: PTI
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  1. Good decision

  2. Jail term has b come common in India especially2 Drs e.g.PCPNDT Do we nt hav any other means2 tackle MDR Have we got read of quacks anyway in health field who r the main culprit & social stigmas related2 disease with ANDHSHRADHHA like Leprosy etc
    Dear we dont strike any good move with imprisonment Do u have so much space in prisons or it is ego play just2 punish without going2 base of any problems

  3. doctor are not dr`s only but they are very soft target for patient and media & police & court persons..they are easily available on their places,,,most of time patients leave the treatment it self or in between..why so doctor blame for it……rather then dot` programme is raised t,b, not eradicate it

  4. I am suffering tb

  5. Penal action against health care providers can be misutilised and doctors in remote areas will be afraid of treating these cases
    The onus of reporting should also lie on patient

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    Dr c.indiraDevi March 23, 2018, 2:07 pm

    Vigorous implementation of TB Awareness &detection of latent TB cases&strict conduct of DOTs programme &Training of Healthcare providers ,innovative research to combat MDTR CASES-regards Dr Indira Rtd Addl Director of Med Edu AP Nellore

  7. I am suffering from Tb. You treatment me