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State steps up effort to track missing TB cases | Pune News


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Pune: The Maharashtra government has decided to step up the Joint Effort for Elimination of Tuberculosis, a central project, to ensure notification of every person suffering from the disease.
The Joint Effort for Elimination of Tuberculosis, a Union government project, involves private medical practitioners and NGOs to speed up the process of finding, treating and tracking every TB patient in the community till he or she gets cured.
The Union government has forged a large-scale public private partnership to find out the “missing” tuberculosis patients and put them on treatment to eliminate the disease by 2025. The project aims at identifying 15 lakh such patients across the country in the next three years.
The Maharashtra government will implement the project in all 27 municipal corporations of the state by the end of next month.The project was initially launched in 13 municipal corporations, including Pune, in December last year.
“We are in the process of inviting tenders from NGOs. This is the first step to ensure their enrolment. We will be able to intensify the work within the next two months. It is important to diagnose and treat the missing TB cases to ensure elimination of TB from the country by 2025,” said Padmaja Jogewar, joint director (TB) in the state health department and a public health expert.
The National Strategic Plan for TB Elimination (2017-25) advocates the strategy of “going where the patients go” and highlights the importance of engaging the private sector to improve the standards of tuberculosis care.
There are significant gaps in the private sector, when it comes to under-reporting, diagnostic delays, irrational and non-standardized regimens and significantly high health expenditure for the patients. The project aims at addressing these gaps by involving NGOs, the members of which will work with private doctors to ensure proper treatment of TB patients.
“The patient’s confidentiality will not be compromised with in the process, as all these activities will be done through the treating doctors. The NGOs will only work to support the doctors and the patients,” Jogewar said.
Health activist Sanjay Dabhade said, “The state government should make use of mass media tools to sensitize the private doctors about the project. Though TB is a notifiable disease, not all private practitioners report all the cases to the government.”

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