Staff Reporter

‘It is one of the major illnesses claiming lives among the poor’

NIZAMABAD: The Indian Medical Association’s outgoing State president L.V. Raghava Rao has said that tuberculosis is one of the major diseases which is claiming lives of many poor people in the country.

Like in the prevention of HIV/AIDS, the IMA has been extending its contribution to the Government in preventing and eradicating tuberculosis by involving itself in the implementation of Revived National Tuberculosis (Prevention) Programme with the technical support from the World Health Organisation, he said.

Talking to reporters, here on Saturday, Dr. Rao said the new initiative proved to be very effective as the doctors were responsible to see that the patient consumed the drug in their presence.

Describing the attacks on doctors and their hospitals when a patient died as very unfortunate and unwarranted, he said there was a legal remedy through court of law if the doctor was found guilty of dereliction of his/her duty.