New Delhi: The Minister of State (MoS) Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, stated in Parliament today that anti-TB drugs have been stocked at public sector health facilities and drug stores. For the purpose of provision of free anti-TB drugs to TB patients, drugs are also supplied to private clinics and pharmacies to dispense.
RNTCP has a policy for provision of free drugs to all TB patients. All TB patients in public sector avail free anti-TB drugs. However, 8% of TB patients notified from private sector availed free anti-TB drugs from the Government.
Mechanism to provide free anti-TB drugs for TB patients include referral of TB patients to public sector health facility or by dispensing anti-TB drugs at private clinics and pharmacies. Decision on either option of provision of drugs depends on the patients and providers’ interaction and convenience.
For achieving the target, the programme has actively pursued to advocate with private clinics to prescribe free drugs, the supply chain system is strengthened with support of the field level staff in the States and UTs and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) at many places and inventory management system ‘NIKSHAY Aushadhi’ is deployed.
Choubey shared details of districts and patients who are part of the program. According to the data, the Government provided anti TB drugs to 49,050 TB patients seeking care at private clinics and pharmacies in 519 districts.
The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Ashwini Kumar Choubey stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.
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