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As per guidelines, private practitioners are required to report cases at least once a month.
In June last year, tuberculosis was made a notifiable disease and civic health authorities had taken measures like Nikshay, a software that allows doctors to register TB patients online and even send 30 SMSes daily to inform about TB patients, but the response has been poor.
The Central TB division has set guidelines on notification of TB cases and private practitioners were required to report cases to the nodal public health authority at least on a monthly basis. Nikshay, an information communication technology (ICT) application, has been developed by the government to specifically provide realtime surveillance on TB cases.
While 495 TB patients were registered in the private healthcare sector in Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad saw 54 TB patients being reported. This World TB Day (March 24) civic doctors from Pune Municipal Corporation and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation have appealed private practitioners to report each TB case to initiate early treatment. In the PMC area 93 persons with multi drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) have been detected last year while in PCMC 59 persons with MDR-TB are being treated. As many as 8,000 die of TB every year in the state and while there has been a rise in number of patients with MDR-TB, doctors have appealed for a larger role by the private healthcare sector.
Dr C Thakur, city TB control officer told Newsline that 3,872 TB patients have been registered last year. Seven persons died while 93 MDR-TB cases were detected and are being treated free of cost. There is one patient each who has extensively drug resistant TB (XDR-TB) in Pune and Pimpri. In PCMC area, 646 TB cases were detected last year and till date 19,202 TB patients have been treated, Dr Kishore Khilare, City TB control officer for PCMC said.