Centre`s TB control project saves 2.2 mn lives since 1997

Last Updated: Feb 02, 2011, 00:00 AM IST

Hyderabad: The project initiated by the government to control tuberculosis has been able to avert over 2.2 million deaths since its inception in 1997, an official report said.

According to the report of the Directorate General of Health Services, the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme initiated by the Health Ministry has resulted in saving over 2.2 million lives so far.

Besides, more than 12.6 million TB patients are undergoing treatment under the the scheme, the report said.

RNTCP, world`s largest TB control programme, also achieved a high rate of case detection and treatment success rate. More than 73 per cent TB cases were detected in 2010 and the treatment success rate was more than 87 per cent against the global benchmark of 70 and 85 per cent respectively, the report said.

DOTS (Directly Observed Treatment, Short Course) – the WHO-recommended treatment for TB -- is being offered to more than 1,25,000 patients each month under the scheme.

"TB is an infectious disease and it is very important to detect it in the early stages and provide complete treatment.

Majority of the patients enrolled under RNTCP complete their treatment," said K S Sachdeva, Deputy Program Manager (Central TB Division).