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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 246-248

Persistence of gaps in implementation of revised national tuberculosis control program in an area of West Bengal

1 Technical Officer, Strategic Planning Cell, Govt. of West Bengal. Swasthya Bhavan,Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, R. G. Kar Medical College, Kolkata - 700004, West Bengal, India
3 Assistant Director of Health Services, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of West Bengal. Swasthya Bhavan, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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T K Sen
Technical Officer, Strategic Planning Cell, Govt. of West Bengal. Swasthya Bhavan,Kolkata, West Bengal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

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A study was conducted to evaluate the RNTCP in Habra TB, unit North 24 Parganas district, in February 2004. We collected both primary and secondary data, cross-checked registers and records. The TB unit was catering 23% more population; 54% of patients belonged to backward section. All patients received free drugs and free microscopy services; 90% received DOT during intensive phase and 67% during continuation phase; DOT time was inconvenient to 20% patients and 30% in attending DOT; 14% patients did not give three sputum samples at diagnosis; 28.3% centers lacked expected facilities; inconsistency in 27.8% drug boxes; records lacking in address verification (74.4%) and defaulter retrieval activity (47.2%). Delay in diagnosis and initiation of treatment was also prevailed.

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