Tuberculosis case-finding among symptomatics in the community: a reappraisal
Chakraborty, A. (1981) Tuberculosis case-finding among symptomatics in the community: a reappraisal. Indian Journal of Tuberculosis, 28 (1). pp. 12-17.
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The anti-tuberculosis programme for case-finding from among self reporting symptomatic patients at the general health facilities is found to diagnose only about 600-650 cases of pulmonary tuberculosis as against the potential of about 2,000. The reasons for shortfall could be the relative lack of urgency about cough among suffering persons in the community especially among the elderly male patients forming the biggest reservoir of cases, preference to indigenous medical practitioners, private practitioners and quacks over the Government dispensaries by those who seek action and distance of the Government dispensary from villages. The scheme of Multipurpose Workers (MPW) visiting patients in their homes in the villages can remedy the above lacunae. It is shown to be simple. Preparation of sputum smears and their despatch to examination centres are found feasible.
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