Non-notification of TB cases is now a punishable offence in India under Indian Penal Code. The private practitioner will have to serve a jail term of maximum two years in case of failure to notify a case. In spite of such stringent measures, private practitioners are not coming forward to notify the cases.
Dr Jogewar added, “Many times, private practitioners think that it is an additional task, sometimes they think that patients might not come to their clinic if they reveal their status and so they do not come forward and notify. But, only when TB is notified we can track the cases and ensure that they get full treatment. It is only when we will notify more TB patients we can treat them and so we can control its spread.”