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MDR-TB in India: Past the Tipping Point Now?

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MDR-TB in India: Past the Tipping Point Now?

Zarir F. Udwadia
MD, FRCP (London), FCCP (USA), Consultant Physician
Hinduja Hospital & Research Center, Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai

Dr Zarir F. Udwadia, well-known chest physician of India has shared with JATB, this insightful, disturbing article on MDR-TB in India.  JATB thanks him for this and is honoured to publish it, because it cannot be emphasized enough that MDR-TB is now verging on an emergency and needs action. It is particularly disturbing that this comes on a day when we hear our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has announced drastic cuts on health spends in the country.  Read on…

“The MDR situation in this country has been aggravated by what I would call “public policy paralysis.”7 The Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) for several decades sat by, paralysed, failing to appreciate the scale and severity of the unfolding MDR-TB crisis. So seduced were they by the successes of DOTS in treating sensitive TB that they presumed this would prevent drug-resistant TB as well.” – Excerpt from the article…

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Views expressed are by the author.

 

Bharathi Ghanashyam

Written by JournalistsAgainstTB

March 27, 2015 at 6:22 am

Posted in TB and Media

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