Central Government’s measures to Control and Prevent the Tuberculosis Disease

Mar 21, 2018 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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The Central Government, to ensure proper tuberculosis diagnosis and its management in patients and their contacts and to reduce tuberculosis transmission and further to address the problems of emergence and spread of Drug Resistant-Tuberculosis, it is essential to collect complete information of all tuberculosis patients.

Therefore, in the interest of public health to control and prevent the tuberculosis disease, the Central Government, specify the following measures, namely:

(1)      The Healthcare Providers termed as Clinical Establishment henceforth; shall notify every tuberculosis patient to local Public Health Authority, namely, District Health Officer or Chief Medical Officer of a District and Municipal Health Officer of urban local bodies in whatever way they are known; or their designated District Tuberculosis Officers in a format as specified in the Notification.

(2)     All Pharmacy, Chemist and Druggist dispensing anti-tubercular medicines, shall notify respective tuberculosis patients along with details of medicines as per Annexure-III and maintain a copy of prescription - Annexure IV, the treating Medical Practitioner as per Schedule H1 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945; and shall furnish the same either electronically or in hard copy, to the Nodal Officer of the District or any Officer authorised by Nodal Officer.

(3)      Considering the importance of patient support needed for complete and appropriate treatment of all tuberculosis patients are encouraged to self-notify themselves with their own details and that of treating medical practitioners.

Secured web portal like https://nikshay.gov.in shall be made available by the Central Tuberculosis Division to all practitioners, clinical establishments, pharmacies, chemists, druggists and patients for online submission of information.

These measures shall prevail over the earlier measures issued vide order F.No. Z-28015/2/2012-TB, dated May 7, 2012 and its amendment dated July 23, 2015.

The Clinical Establishment, Pharmacy, Chemist and Druggist, failing to notify a tuberculosis patient to the nodal officer, as mentioned in paragraph 3 above and local public health staff of general health system of rural or urban local bodies, not taking appropriate public health action on receiving tuberculosis patient notification, may attract the provisions of Sections 269 and 270 of the Indian Penal Code, as the case may be, which are reproduced below:

·       269. Negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life. - Whoever 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 any 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.

·       270. Malignant act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life. - Whoever malignantly does any act which is, and which he knows or has reason to believe to be, likely to spread the infection of any disease dangerous to life, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.

[F.No. Z-28015/2/2012-TB]

URL: http://www.egazette.nic.in/WriteReadData/2018/183924.pdf


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