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TB patients may soon get monthly 'social support' from govt

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The plans to give Rs 500 to (TB) patients to help them buy nutritious food and compensate them for until they are cured of the disease, a ministry has said.

Under the proposal, the money would be given to patients, who number around 25 lakh, irrespective of their level.

The Expenditure Committee has approved the proposal and sent it to the Mission Steering Group, the said.

The initiative is part of the National Strategic Plan for Elimination, with the ministry aiming to eliminate by 2025.

"Around 25 lakh patients suffering from will soon be given Rs 500 per month, irrespective of their level, as social support. A mechanism will be put in place to give the incentives to the patients on the basis of their number and medical documents," the said.

According to the World Organisation, an estimated 2.8 million cases of occur in every year, out of which 1.7 million cases are reported.

"The health ministry aims to reduce incidences of TB by 90 per cent by 2025 and reduce mortality due to the by 95 per cent by 2030 under the Revised National TB Control Programme," the official said.

The ministry recently rolled out the daily drug regimen to combat the across the country.

Under the new treatment policy, patients are given fixed drug combinations - three or four drugs in a single pill - daily, instead of thrice a week (intermittent drug regimen).

Dosage is determined according to the patient's body weight. Previously, it was same for all adults, an official said.

"Also, children suffering from won't have to take the bitter tablets anymore as they will be replaced with easily-dissolvable and flavoured drugs," he said.

Since 1997, under the RNTCP, patients were being administered drugs thrice a week. The daily treatment regimen is likely to be more effective with lesser relapses and it is expected to reduce drug-resistance with greater compliance.

The WHO revised its TB management guidelines in 2010, recommending that the daily drug regimen be adopted under the RNTCP.

According to health ministry data, TB incidences were estimated to be 217 per lakh population in 2015, which reduced to 211 per lakh population in 2016.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 12:10 IST