Fighting drug-resistant TB: chinks in India’s armour7 min read 13 Jul 2012, 12:10 PM IST
India is finding it impossible to rid itself of tuberculosis. What’s worse, the country could be overwhelmed by an epidemic of drug-resistant forms of the disease unless effective preventive measures are taken on an urgent footing. We examine what has gone wrong with India’s TB control programme and what needs to be done to fix the mess.
New Delhi: Rail thin in a checked beige shirt, Mahendra Patwar waits in line at the Shastri Park chest clinic in north-east Delhi to take his daily dose of tuberculosis (TB) medication. The line curls out into a small courtyard, women and men covering their noses and mouths with bits of cloth.
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