EndTB: Doctors and chemists to be jailed, if they don’t notify TB

Doctors, private hospital's, chemists and pharmacists, who will fail to notify the TB patients to the government, shall have to face jail term. With an aim to eradicate TB by 2025 union government has issued a notification on Tuesday. With the new notification in place, it is mandatory for the clinical establishments, doctors, chemist and health workers to notify TB patients. Failing to adhere the order, shall attract jail term from six months to two years

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For the first time, the union government has initiated a stern action, against the clinical establishments, doctors, chemists and pharmacists, who will fail to notify TB with the government authorities. Government has issued a notification pertaining to this on Tuesday. After notifying TB as a infectious disease in 2012, for the first time government has decided to invoke IPC sections against those who will not notify the TB patients.
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Notification of the union government:
  • The Clinical Establishment, doctors, chemists and druggist, pharmacy will have to notify the TB patients to the nodal officer, in local public health staff of general health system of rural and urban bodies
  • Not taking the appropriate public health action on receiving the TB patient notification may attract the provisions of section 269 and 270 of the India Penal Code
  • Section 269- Negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life: Whosoever unlawfully or negligently does any act which is, and which the knows or has reason to believe to be, likely to spread the infection of the disease dangerous to life. Shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to six months or with fine, or with both
  • Section 270- Malignant act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life: Whosoever malignantly does any act which is, and which the knows or has reason to believe to be, likely to spread the infection of the disease dangerous to life. Shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years with fine, or with both

After the notification was issued on Tuesday, Economic advisor to the Health ministry Arun Kumar Jha tweeted saying, “This will be. game changer in TB notification, which has been challenged for the long long time. This applies to the health workers doctors, chemists etc. Two Indian penal code sections may be revoked for the default”

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Kailash Tandle, President of the Maharashtra registered pharmacists association said, “This is indeed a welcome move from the government. Those who will not notify TB patients will have to go to jail now. Government has decided to take our help to eradicate TB. We will extend our full cooperation to the government. The government has asked us to submit the data of TB patients and the medicines which are given to them. In order to end TB menace, we will work with the government.”

Dr Shivkumar Utture, President, Maharashtra Medical Council, said, “The government should make the process of notifying TB patients on ‘Nikshay’ app easy. If the process becomes easy doctors will not face any trouble in notifying TB patients. The IMA has been sensitising private medical practitioners time and again to notify TB patients to government. We are with the government to fight the menace of TB in India.”

PM Narendra Modi, aims to make India TB free by 2025.

Last week, India had hosed TB experts from all over the world, to discuss the strategy how to #EndTB menace. In order to incorporate the frontline workers to fight TB, government has taken a decision to give away invectives to the doctors and chemist who notify and treat TB.