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Bihar govt to jail doctors failing to notify tuberculosis cases

Bihar govt threatens to jail doctors over tuberculosis cases

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PATNA: The state government in Bihar has threatened to arrest the doctors who fail to inform about the tuberculosis (TB) patients reaching them for treatment.

The move comes in the aftermath of the central government setting a target to eliminate this disease by 2025.

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“We will enforce provisions mandated in the law to increase notifications of TB patients so that they can be effectively treated,” State Health Society’s executive director Manoj Kumar told the Hindustan Times on Monday.

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According to him, the state government won’t hesitate in taking actions against both government and private doctors who are found ignoring this advice.

TB, a notifiable disease in India, is described as the top 10 killers in the world.

As per the report, around 220,000 deaths are reported due to Tuberculosis in India every year.

A WHO report says India remains the highest TB burden country with statistics for 2011 giving an estimated incidence figure of 2.2 million cases of TB for India out of a global incidence of 9.6 million cases.

Between 2006 and 2014, the disease cost Indian economy USD 340 billion, as per the report.

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