Chandigarh, Dec 20 (UNI) Punjab Health and Family Welfare Minister Lakshmi Kanta Chawla, stressed that medical colleges should take the maximum advantage of Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) and that the laboratories meant for TB control should remain fully equipped.
While presiding over a meeting to review the progress of RNTCP implementation in government and private medical colleges in the state, she said that after diagnosis the patients at all the microscopy centres in the medical colleges, should be put on quality medicines provided by patient wise box (PWB) for adults as well as children free of cost through directly observed treatment short courses (DOTS) under RNTCP.
She urged the medical fraternity present in the meeting to adopt DOTS regimen so that the poor patients need not to buy medicines from the market.
She also said that with the whole hearted support from all the medical colleges whether private or government, the state government was fast achieving the national targets of RNTCP.
Speaking on the occasion, Punjab TB Officer Dr Pawan Bansal highlighted the achievements in controlling TB in the state.
He assured the minister of implementing the TB Control programme in both letter and spirit.