Maha: State govt to serve notices to doctors for not notifying TB cases

The Maharashtra government has decided to serve notices to all the private doctors in the state, to register tuberculosis (TB) patients on the ‘Nikshay’ website. The decision has been taken as the state has noticed that a number of private doctors are not notifying the TB patients to the central government

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  • The government has made it mandatory for all the private doctors to register TB patients on the ‘Nikshay’ website.
  • The government will file a First Information Report (FIR) against those doctors who will fail to register the TB patients after serving a notice.

In order to eliminate TB menace in India, the union government has set a target of 2025. But, TB cases in the country continue to rise by the day. A number of TB patients are taking treatment at the private hospitals, and the government doesn’t have adequate information about them.

In March, the union government has made it mandatory for all the private doctors to register TB patients on the ‘Nikshay’ website. But, the government had observed that private doctors are not registering TB patients with the government. So, the government has decided to serve notices to all the private doctors in Maharashtra.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Satish Pawar, Head of the TB control programme in Maharashtra, said, “The government receives information of TB patients from government hospitals. But, there are a number of patients who are treated in private hospitals. It is mandatory for all the private doctors to register patients on the ‘Nikshay’ website. But, these doctors are not following the orders. So, we have decided to serve notices to all the private doctors.”

Dr Pawar further added, “As per the government’s order, the state can file an FIR against those doctors who are not abiding the order. Before doing that we will serve notices to all the doctors. But, strict action will be taken on those who fail to register TB patients with the government after the notices are served.”

In March 2018, the Union Health Ministry had issued a notification which stated.

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 he 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 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 both