Medical colleges to be recognised, only if they have MDR-TB centres

The Medical Council of India (MCI) has taken the decision that from now onwards, private and government medical colleges will be recognised only if they have Multi Drug Resistant (MDR)-TB centre. This decision has been communicated to the health ministry and TB control programme officers  

Medical colleges to be recognised only if they have MDR-TB centres

Earlier the union government had written to the Medical Council of India, to make drug-resistant TB centre mandatory in order for the medical colleges to be recognised.

In what is considered as a major boost to the #EndTB campaign in the country, the government of India has made opening MDR-TB centres while applying for the medical college registration.

In order to prevent the tuberculosis deaths and reduce rising MDR-TB cases in India, the government had asked the MCI, to make MDR-TB centres mandatory while recognising private and government medical colleges.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Sunil Khaparde, Deputy Director General, TB ministry of health said, “All new medical colleges getting registered in the country, whether private or government, will have to open a centre for the MDR-TB patients. All the government medical colleges will have to set-up 10 beds for male and female patient. Medical Council of India has informed us, that no recognition will be given to those who do not have MDR-TB centres”

India has the high prevalence of tuberculosis, and the number of MDR-TB patients is rising day-by-day.

Dr Sanjeev Kamble, head of Maharashtra’s TB control programme while speaking to My Medical Mantra said. “MCI had already made it mandatory to have DOTs centres in the medical colleges. But, now the guidelines have included the MDR-TB centres, as well. This will definitely help the patients who are being treated.”

  • Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but they can also damage other parts of the body. TB spreads through the air when a person with TB of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, or talks.
  • Tuberculosis (TB) was responsible for 1.7 million deaths in 2016, despite most cases being curable. Over 10 million people contract TB every year. WHO South-East Asia Region, which hosts about one-fourth of the global population, shares a disproportionate 46% global TB disease burden.
  • India continues to have the highest number of tuberculosis (TB) cases in the world, stated the Global TB Report 2017 released by World Health Organization (WHO).
  • On PM Modi’s direction, a national strategic plan has been developed to eradicate TB by the year 2020 to 2025.
  • One of the most welcoming schemes in the budget this year was about nutritional support for tuberculosis (TB) patients in India. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced in his budget speech about allocation of Rs 600 crore nutritional support to TB patients in the country.