Jail term for doctors failing to report TB cases



NC Network, New Delhi 

Doctors, authorities, hospitals, chemists and druggists who fail to report a Tuberculosis case (TB case) can now face a jail term. Yes, if sources are to be believed, those failing to report TB cases for six months to two years under the provision as of section 269  and 270. This is a part of an initiative by the Government of India to end TB by the year 2025, which is 5 years ahead of United Nation's target of putting an end to TB by 2030. 

Clinical establishment as defined in the clinical establishment act 2010, include a wide range of medical establishments, hospitals, clinic, dispensaries, diagnostic services including those governed by a single doctor, sources said. TB disease alone kills 480000 Indians every year. 

India also has more than one million missing case every year therefore notification is must. Reports also claim that every fourth TB patient is an Indian. 

Moreover, to encourage doctors to report TB cases, those doctors who are notifying TB disease will get rupees 100 on notification and rupees 400 on reporting complete treatment. RNTCP program also providing the facility of CBNAAT machine a very advanced technology for diagnosis of TB and diagnosis of drug resistance TB. This CBNAAT machine reduce the time of MDR diagnosis from 3 months to 2 hours only.

The RNTCP program is also going to provide a 9th month regime for MDR  patients while previously MDR patients were treated for more than two years. All anti tuberculosis treatment drugs are scheduled H1 drug therefore notification is also compulsory for chemist and druggist. Common 

symptoms for TB are cough for more than two weeks, evening rise of temperature, loss of weight, loss of appetite, blood while coughing and cold sweating at night.


Tuberculosis was made notifiable disease in India in 2012 but there was no provision for penal action. The ministry has issued separate reporting format for laboratories and medical practitioners, clinics, hospitals, nursing homes etc. It is also required since in private sector patients mostly remain in complete or partially treated. These partially treated patients are great source of spreading MDR TB. District Tuberculosis officer Dr Manoj Verma has informed that all notification forms can be downloaded from rntcp website or can be obtained from district tb center Itwara road from his office. 

Dr. Manoj Verma DTO told that The RNTCP program is also going to provide a 9th month regime for MDR  patients while previously MDR patients were treated for more than two years. All anti tuberculosis treatment drugs are scheduled H1 drug therefore notification is also compulsory for chemist and druggist. Common symptoms for TB are cough for more than two weeks, evening rise of temperature, loss of weight, loss of appetite, blood while coughing and cold sweating at night.

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