Treatment of TB has become much easier with the new regimen protocol of Fixed dose combination daily for six months instead of six tablets given earlier on alternative days”. Dr. Rakesh K. Kashyap, Director Health Services, UT Chandigarh launched this new protocol at GMSH sector- 16 , Chandigarh by giving first daily dose regimen to the TB patient and emphasized for early detection of TB & putting the sputum positive patients on treatment at the earliest. DHS appreciated the efforts of the State TB Cell in generating awareness amongst masses, particularly in slums and urban slum areas which are more prone to TB.
Dr. Rajiv Khaneja, State TB Officer, Chandigarh, apprised at the launch that earlier protocol was to give six tablets on alternative days and private practitioners used to prescribe daily dose. Now the protocol has been revised by Central TB Division, Govt. of India. One compact tablet which is FDC of 4 drugs will be given to TB patient on daily basis. Private practioners of the city will also get involved in the programme, so that each and every TB patient can be detected and diagnosed for treatment at the earliest. The policy has been made by GOI that every TB patient will be notified online i.e nikshay website by private and govt. sectors.
DHS also launched the nutritional support scheme to MDR-TB patients by Rotary Club (Chandigarh midtown). Rotary club shall be providing nutritional diet to enlisted MDR-TB patients of Chandigarh