“All that glitters is not gold. Likewise, a spot in the X-ray examination of chest part should not be considered a sign of tuberclosis (Tb).
The Government of India and WHO has already put a ban on various serological tests for Tb like Eliza test, Tb Spot among others.” Head of Pulmonary Medicine department in King George’s Medical University (KGMU) Dr Suryakant stated this at a workshop on Tb control on May 22.
The worshop was organised by Population Service International in collaboration with IMA (Lucknow chapter), Lucknow Chest Club, Physician Club Lucknow, Indian Chest Society, Obstetrics and Gynaecology department and Pulmonary Medicine department of KGMU.
The worskhop also provided information on control, treatment and notification of Tuberclosis. Experts in Pulmonary medicine opined that NGOs should join hands with the government for control of this disorder as it impacted the population in a large scale.
They further said that successful implementation of the Tb control programme had brought down the mortality rate from 5 lakh to 2.5 lakh. Terming Tb control a serious challenge in the health sector, Chief Medical Officer (Lucknow) Dr SNS Yadav called on the doctors to follow the Tb notification as has been mandated by the GoI.
King George's Medical University, for a while known as Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University, is a medical school located in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Source: Rahul Pandey, City Journalist - Lucknow, CollegeDekho