TB: Patients with no bank account can avail govt’s aid

According to a new circular from the Union Ministry, if a TB patient doesn't have a bank account, then Rs 500 towards the nutritious food will be deposited in the bank account of a close relative of the patient. So, patients with no bank account, also, can avail of this benefit

TB: Patients with no bank account can avail govt’s aid

  • People those who are suffering from TB, but do not have their bank accounts, can still avail monetary help from the central government.
  • The union health ministry has issued a directive to all the states, and the TB nodal officers, to transfer monetary aid in the accounts of the close relatives of the patients.
  • The union government had announced monetary aid of Rs 500 per month for the TB patients for nutritious food.

If you are suffering from TB and do not have a bank account, you can still get benefit from the union government’s monetary aid scheme. The union government, to reach the lakhs of TB patients of India, has decided to transfer the money in the bank account of a close relative.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Daksha Shah, Head of the TB control programme of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, said, “We have noticed that there are patients those who are suffering from TB but do not have a bank account to receive the monetary aid. So, the Union government has issued a directive to all the states to deposit money in the account of a close relative of the patient.”

Dr Shah further said, “So from now onwards, even though the patient doesn’t have a bank account, he will get the monetary aid of Rs 500 from the government to procure nutritious food. So, those patients who do not have a bank account can also get benefited under the new directive.”

India has witnessed a rise in patients suffering from TB. In Maharashtra too, the number of TB patients are increasing.

Since January 2018 till April 2018, as many as 2,430 children, under the age of 15, have been diagnosed with tuberculosis. Out of which, around 603 children are from Mumbai, and 440 children are from Thane and Palghar districts. Every year, Maharashtra witnesses 1,75,000 new cases of tuberculosis.