BHAKTAPUR: The drug resistant tuberculosis patients (DRTB) deprived of DOTS Plus treatment will be provided this service soon.
National Tuberculosis Centre and SAARC Tuberculosis Centre, Dr Sashi Kant Jha said the national seminar of the regional tuberculosis officers from five regions conducted a week ago in the Centre had decided to provide treatment to the DRTB very soon.
Additional DOTs Plus centres will be set up and provided medicine and nutrition allowance to the patients. Similarly, modern laboratory will be expanded to the regional level for the sputum test, Dr Jha added. The concerned regional officers have been directed to be ready for the infrastructure development for setting up the treatment centres.
Moreover, the Centre has also increased the transportation cost and nutrition allowance, reaching Rs 1,500 per patient.
With the help of the technical committee of the World Health Organization, the DOTs Plus service was introduced in Nepal in 2005 focusing the treatment of DRTB patients.
As per the programme, a total of 910 DRTB patients have got the service from 12 treatment centres and 54 sub-centres acoss the country.