New TB Drug Regimen

Under the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP), daily regimen for drug sensitive TB is implemented across the country for TB-HIV co-infected patients and for all drug sensitive TB patients in five States (Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Bihar, Maharashtra and Kerala). The daily regimen will be scaled up across all the States/UT of the country.

Theprogramme has initiated Bedaquiline conditional access in 6 Institutes (National Institute of Tuberculosis & Respiratory Diseases and RajanBabu Institute of Pulmonary Medicine & Tuberculosis, New Delhi, B.J.Medical College Ahmedabad, Government Hospital for Thoracic Medicine, Tambaram, Chennai, Guwahati Medical College Guwahati and Guru Teg Bahadur Sewree, Mumbai).

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The Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme has been successful in decreasing the Incidence of Tuberculosis from 279/lakh population per year to 217/lakh population per year from 2005 to 2015. Also the mortality due to Tuberculosis has decreased from 50/lakh population per year to 36/lakh population per year in the same period.

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