BHAKTAPUR: The medicos have suggested the government to modify the Multiple Drug Resistance (MDR) tuberculosis treatment policy under the National TB Control Programme and make it to better suit the interest of the patients.
Participants at the Technical Advisory Group-TAG held under the chair of Director at the National TB Centre Dr Rajendra Prasad Panta suggested that the government should correct the shortcomings seen so far and bring timely changes in the policy.
Former Director at the Centre Dr Dirgha Singh Bam, Dr Pushpa Malla, Chief of German-Nepal TB Project Dr Bhabhana Shrestha and other senior doctors were present at the meeting.
The advisory group comprises senior chest and TB specialists, doctors and health workers involved in DOTS Plus Service and chief and technicians at National Reference Laboratory.
The government has been providing medicines as multiple drug resistance for 20 months more to the TB patients who were not cured by the DOTS.
Presently, 1,282 patients are taking this service run with the technical support of Green Light Committee.
Similarly, the government has been providing a monthly allowance of Rs 1,500 for every TB patient receiving MDR for their nutrition and vehicle fare.