Big step to meet Prime Minister’s target of eliminating TB by 2025, government will buy 95 liters of medicines for Rs 116 crore
In a major step towards eradicating tuberculosis from India by 2025 as per the ambitious target set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Center will soon place a massive order of Rs 116 crore for procuring around 95 lakh strips of TB-fighting drugs. Will give
This large order is in line with India’s goal of eliminating TB five years before the global deadline of 2030. According to the government dashboard, there are around 13.5 lakh active TB patients in the country. The order is expected to cover almost all patients with around 81 lakh strips (one strip contains 28 tablets) for adults and over 14 lakh strips for children. The entire order worth Rs 116 crore and expected to be placed by the end of this year, is to be delivered in four batches over a period of two to 14 months. The Center has invited tenders for this big order on Wednesday, September 21.
The drug being procured is 4FDC (fixed-dose combination) for adults and 2FDC for children – first-line anti-TB drugs. The Modi government has changed the previous intermittent diet to the FDC dosing regimen. Under intermittent treatment, the patient has to take four separate pills two or three times a week, whereas, under the FDC regimen, one pill is a combination of four, taken regularly for a specified period of time. This method is more convenient and patients are much less likely to miss or miss doses.
According to a peer-reviewed study published in the medical journal, a daily anti-TB regimen has been shown to be superior to a three-weekly regimen in terms of effectiveness and emergence of rifampicin resistance. An expert told News18, “There were plans to introduce preventive therapy for household contacts of TB patients as India is working towards achieving the deadline for TB eradication by 2025. Medicines are also ordered for prevention strategy. plan to deliver.”
The regimens for TB treatment consist of an intensive phase of two months, followed by a continuation phase of four or seven months. A rough calculation shows that ordering around 95 lakh strips of the drug, with one strip being one dose per patient for a month, and taking an average six-month course, almost all 13.5 lakh active TB patients in the country can be. This medicine will be covered with the order.
adopt a TB patient
The government also recently launched the ‘NIkshay Mitra’ programme, in which it appealed to individuals, NGOs and corporates to adopt TB patients for support such as nutrition, diagnosis and vocational training for their family members.
As per the latest figures, out of 13.5 lakh active TB patients in India, around 9.94 lakh consented to help and almost all of them have committed to support various individuals, NGOs, political parties and corporates.
The BJP also asked its leaders to adopt one TB patient each on the occasion of PM Modi’s birthday this month, which received an encouraging response from various ministers and leaders.
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