|EVALUATION OF EFFICIENCY OF MICROSCOPY CENTRES IN
DISTRICT TUBERCULOSIS PROGRAMME
|Bharathi Jones: NTI Newsletter 1981, 18, 22-26.
Under the District Tuberculosis Programme, the
key personnel at the District Tuberculosis Centre are expected to
supervise the Peripheral Health Institutions (PHIs) periodically
in order to assess and improve the programme activities. A supervision
form is used for the purpose of recording the observations made
during supervisory visits. This procedure is subjective and does
not offer an objective assessment. In this paper, an objective
scoring method has been described for supervision of PHI laboratories.
The total score suggested is 200 which is apportioned as follows:
cleanliness-15, registration & recording-35, sputum collection-10,
smear preparation-30, staining-35, microscopy-35, and maintenance
of microscope-40. Each category in turn is subdivided according
to specific task performed. Minimum satisfactory score is 75% for
each topic individually. High level of efficiency is thus recommended,
as microscopy is the mainstay in casefinding of tuberculosis.
A similar scoring procedure can also be used at the State TB Centre
for the purpose of supervising the DTCs. However, this is only a
quality control procedure and does not reflect the quantum of work.
|KEY WORDS: EVALUATION, EFFICIENCY, CONTROL PROGRAMME,