The initiative is likely to be officially launched in the first week of June

To achieve the goal of eradicating tuberculosis by 2025, the government will soon launch a program in which people and institutions will be able to accommodate units, wards or even an individual patient, as well as provide nutritional, medical and professional support to TB patients.

In a letter to all states and UT, the Union Ministry of Health urges them to make all preparations for the deployment of “Joint Support for Tuberculosis Patients” in mission mode in all districts and neighborhoods, PTI official sources said.

The initiative is likely to be officially launched in the first week of June, they said.

The project should implement an assistance mechanism that will allow elected representatives, NGOs, individuals, institutions (both public and private) and partners to support efforts to eradicate TB by adopting blocks, city offices or districts.

The type of care that donors can provide to TB patients who have received consent is nutritional support, additional research on TB patients, as well as professional support, an official source said.

The minimum commitment period to provide additional support to a TB patient is one year, he said.

According to the Guide shared with the states, all TB patients who have been notified and whose treatment results are not updated will be treated as existing TB patients and will be consulted for community support under the initiative.

A list of such patients should be formed from the Niksha at the unit or city branch by the relevant TB department and will be transferred to the PHC or subcenter for further action, the source said.

The patient will be given the choice of enrolling in the program or not, and this decision will not affect any of the existing services available to patients. The healthcare professional must then obtain the patients ’consent to enroll them in support using a consent form. Consent status should be entered on the Nikshay portal (Ni = End, Kshay = TB) by relevant medical staff, he said.

Support for TB patients is provided through the establishment of blocks / urban wards / districts or even individual or groups of patients to implement better TB response in addition to government efforts, according to the document.

“The state and district administrations will support such partners in the priority of districts / neighborhoods / city offices to provide food support, professional support and access to diagnostic services for TB patients in the admission department or adopted patients,” the letter said. .

The TB problem requires a multisectoral response to address social determinants such as nutrition support, living and working conditions, and increased access to diagnostic and treatment services, the official said.

“Although the government’s efforts are yielding significant results, the community and institutions in society can play an important role in filling gaps and eliminating social determinants, thus contributing to the national goal,” he said.

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