|INDIA'S NATIONAL TUBERCULOSIS PROGRAMME IN RELATION
TO THE PROPOSED SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLANS
|D Banerji: Proceed 20th Natl TB & Chest Dis
Workers Conf, Ahmedabad, 1965, 210-16.
It has been shown that most of the infectious tuberculosis
cases in a rural community in south India are at least conscious
of symptoms of the disease; about three fourths of them are worried
about their symptoms and about half are seeking relief at rural
medical institutions. It is well known that the existing facilities
deal with only a very small fraction of even those patients who
are actively seeking treatment. India's National Tuberculosis Programme
has been designed to mobilise the existing resources in order to
offer suitable diagnostic and treatment services to those who already
have felt - need. India's health administrators have to initiate
suitable administrative and organizational reorientation
of the existing medical and health services to satisfy this already
existing felt needs. The more provision of such services could very
well motivate the remaining tuberculosis patients to seek the help
from the medical institutions. This motivational force is expected
to get reinforced as a result of progress in the field of education,
mass communication, transport and industrial and agricultural production.
Simultaneously, progress in the social and economic plans will offer
the needed resources for strengthening the existing health services
in terms of personnel, funds, equipments and supplies. Further more,
social and economic development, by increasing awareness of the
population, will ensure a more effective utilization of the existing
services. Thus, social and economic growth will not only help in
the development of an epidemiologically effective tuberculosis
control programme, but the very rise in the standard of living
itself might make a significant impact in controlling the disease
in the country.
|KEY WORDS: CONTROL PROGRAMME, SOCIAL ASPECTS,
ECONOMIC ASPECTS, HEALTH PLAN.