The National Tuberculosis Control Program (NTCP) is all set to be
revised. For the past 3 consecutive years, the Government has been successful
in achieving the global objectives of 70% new case detection and 85% treatment
success rate and so NTCP will be revised.
'Universal access to quality tuberculosis (TB) care for all the TB
patients' will be the new objective of Revised National Tuberculosis Control
Program (RNTCP) so that all TB patients in the community will have access to
early, good quality diagnosis and treatment services. Under the WHO-recommended
Directly Observed Treatment Short Course (DOTS) in the RNTCB all TB patients will
get free diagnosis and drugs for 6-8 months. By 2015 the RNTCP aims at
detecting and successfully treating 90% of all TB cases.
This new objective will also see the launch of a new DOTS logo which
will be used from World TB control awareness day 2011 on Thursday.