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Are private hospitals better in treating TB than government ones?

Q: Is it better to go to a private hospital than a government hospital (e.g. tuberculosis clinic), for treating tuberculosis? Since tuberculosis is a rampant disease. will those specific clinics be more successful in curing tuberculosis than the private ones? How long does it take to complete the treatment?

A:Approximately 2 million persons in India develop tuberculosis (TB) every year, accounting for one fourth of the worlds new TB cases. Organised TB control activities have existed in India for 40 years; however, the quality of diagnosis and treatment of TB in the public and private sectors has been variable, and TB incidence and prevalence trends have not changed substantially over this time. In 1992, the Indian government established a Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) using the directly observed treatment, short-course (DOTS) strategy recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The DOTS strategy consists of sustained government commitment, effective laboratory-based diagnosis, standard treatment given under direct observation, secure drug supply, and systematic monitoring and evaluation. You will have to evaluate the local scenario in your area yourself. The usual duration of treatment is 6 months in uncomplicated cases of pulmonary TB, diagnosed for the first time.


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