||National Tuberculosis Control Programme - A social
||(Reprint received from FRCH. source not mentioned)
The article examined the social dimensions of the
NTCP and social issues inside and outside the health service system.
The NTCP had initiated and advocated the use of symptoms as the
basis for making the preliminary diagnosis, the use of people's
felt-need as a basis for a passive case detection strategy through
GHS and, provided home treatment instead of the earlier institutional
therapy. The important social issues inside the health service system
that affected the implementation of NTCP were: 1) Other communicable
disease control programs did not use the social approach resulting
in consumption of huge resources, 2) Precedence was given to family
planning and malaria eradication. This was a frank distortion in
the social nature of planning. The outside social issues identified
in the paper were the problem of default due to poverty and uncontrolled
interventions by the private sector.
|KEYWORDS: SOCIAL ASPECTS; SOCIAL PROBLEM; INDIA.