WHO has decided to keep a vigil on TB patients to ensure that they take their antibiotics regularly. As a part of this move, a small pillbox called "uBox" will be administered to 100 TB patients in Bihar this year.
This novel pillbox, created by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will also identify those patients who have missed their dose, reports New Scientist.
AdvertisementThe WHO advocates such monitoring as when the course of antibiotics is not completed, it leads to multi-drug resistant TB strains.
With the number of cases each year reaching 9 million, the WHO health workers need to spot the patients prone to such lapses so that efforts are focused where most needed.
When the uBox lid is opened, a memory chip makes a record of the same while a timed buzzer and flashing LEDs remind patients to take their pills.
When the antibiotics course ends, the researchers download the data from the boxes to identify backsliders.