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Drug resistant TB centres Mandatory for Medical College Recognition: Health Ministry tells MCI

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Drug resistant TB centres Mandatory for Medical College Recognition: Health Ministry tells MCI

New Delhi: Soon medical colleges might have to set up drug-resistant tuberculosis centres to get recognised.

The Health Ministry has written a letter to the MCI proposing that drug-resistant tuberculosis centres should be made mandatory in medical colleges for them to get recognised.

HT reports that in a letter to the MCI last month, health secretary Preeti Sudan requested the MCI to “incorporate the obligatory requirement of establishing DR-TB centre for treatment initiation of DR-TB patients as per revised national TB control programme guidelines at each medical college for recognition of medical college”.

“The move is aimed at helping patients suffering from drug-resistant TB get treatment at the nearest facility,” a senior Health Ministry official told PTI.

According to the Health Ministry data, incidence of tuberculosis was estimated to be 217 per lakh population in 2015 which reduced to 211 per lakh population in 2016.

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The government had recently rolled out a daily drug regimen for the treatment of TB under the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) across all states under which patients are being given fixed drug combinations (FDCs), three or four drugs in a single pill, on a daily basis instead of thrice a week.

Taking stock of the Tuberculosis Control Program, Health Minister J P Nadda had urged all stakeholders to come together for an aggressive strategy for tuberculosis-free India by 2025.

Medical Dialogues team had earlier reported that 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.

Read Also : Attention Doctors, Chemists: Notify TB or GO TO JAIL

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Source: with inputs from TOI
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    Dr Gowrinath K April 27, 2018, 3:50 pm

    Once a MCI inspector during inspection for hike in number of PG seats in a private medical college asked why there are many out patients and inpatients in the TB & RD department but the number of sputum smear requests are low. The sputum smears were being done in the DOTS centre run up by the government.He was also not happy that there was no sputum culture and sensitivity testing facility. Drug resistant TB wards and the facilities to diagnose MDR TB should be made mandatory at the earliest in all medical college even to get recognition for MBBS degree.

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    Dr. Sneha kapoor April 25, 2018, 12:41 am

    Excellent move. Wonder why BJ medical college Pune isn\’t having a DRTB centre in Pune? What will students learn?

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    Chillara indira Devi April 22, 2018, 4:43 pm

    Opnion of Dr IndiraDevi MD (pharmacology)rtd AddlDirector of med Edu AP -with warm regards to apex body MCI Welcome to the move ofDrug resistant TB centres inmedical colleges for recognition purpose provided 1medical students should notbe at the risk of exposure2The centres should be located away from the medical college campus,preferably PHC s attached to medical college3 Dots centre &regular monitoring &submission of regular reports are esssential -regards Dr indira

  4. Good decision . But thing is that after ammendment of MCI rules 2017 the number of bed for Chest and TB department has reduced from 20 bed to minimum 10 bed for 100 MBBS seat . TB is disease always neglected by higher authority why ?

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    Dr. S. K. Thakur April 22, 2018, 9:28 am

    Simply framing the rules is not going to help. Already, all the medical colleges are supposed to have functioning TB & Chest ward. First the Govt should see what percentage of medical colleges whether in private or Govt sector is having functioning TB ward with adequate infrastructure and faculties.

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