Private docs should pitch in to eradicate TB, says DVS

Stressing the role of private practitioners in eradication of tuberculosis, Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, on Tuesday, urged them to participate in the Anti-TB Week to be observed from February 17 to 23.

Taking note of many multi-drug resistant (MDR) and extensively drug resistance (XDR) cases, the chief minister said drug resistant patients will have to undergo treatment for at least two years, which would cost about Rs two lakh.

However, the State government is providing treatment to such patients for free. The elected representatives should also extend their hand in eradicating TB in the State, Gowda said.

Public meetings, health checkup camps, mass vaccination programmes for children and refresher courses for medical officers, general medical practitioners, community leaders will be conducted as part of the Anti-TB Week.

Also, films will be broadcast on television about TB and programmes will be aired on AIR to create awareness among the people.

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