||Tuberculosis programme as an integral component of
the general health services.
||J INDIAN MED ASSOC 1970, 54, 36-37.
Sociological investigations have revealed that
more than half of all infectious cases in rural areas seek relief
at various health institutions and that as many as 95 percent of
them are conscious of the symptoms of the disease. These findings
lead to the formulation of a felt-need oriented TB programme as
an integral part of the services that are offered at the rural health
institutions. Specialised TB institutions at the higher levels lend
support to them by offering referral facilities. For a population
of a million and a half, there is a DTC to give them administrative
support. Such an integrated programme is not only very economical,
but it also grows along with the GHS. Its orientation to felt need
makes it more acceptable. It also has a potential for covering some
95 percent of the infectious cases in the community, thus indicating
that it can have an impact on the incidence rates of the disease.
|KEYWORDS: SOCIAL RELIEF; HEALTH SERVICES; SOCIAL WELFARE;
HEALTH CARE; INDIA.