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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 245-248
A study on performance, response and outcome of treatment under RNTCP in a tuberculosis unit of Howrah district, West Bengal

Department of Community Medicine, Burdwan Medical College, Burdwan, West Bengal, India

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Amitabha Sarkar
69/2, Ghoshpara Road, Bagmore, P.O. Kanchrapara, North 24 Parganas, West Bengal - 743 145
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0970-0218.37687

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Objectives: To evaluate the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) through assessment of performance, response and outcome of treatment of patients. Study Design: Cross-sectional observational study. Materials and Methods: In Domjur Tuberculosis Unit of Howrah district, West Bengal. Two hundred and eighty-six cases registered in the first two quarters (1 January to 30 June 2001) were selected for the study. Data were collected by review of records from all peripheral health units with a pre-designed and pre-tested schedule. Results: Sputum-positive among chest symptomatic were 89 (11.5%). Overall 78.3% were new cases and among them 67.1% were pulmonary, 48.4% were sputum-positive among new pulmonary cases detected. Sputum conversion rate of new sputum-positive cases at 2 or 3 months was 74.2%. Cure rate for new sputum-positive pulmonary TB cases was 53.8% and out of all smear-positive cases was 56.5%. Default among new smear-positive cases was 24.7%. Conclusion: Low sputum conversion rate after intensive phase of treatment, high defaulter rate and low cure rate among new sputum-positive cases in comparison to RNTCP norm have been reflected in this study.

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