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Studying Tuberculosis

I am glad the EPW has written an editorial on tuberculosis in India. I would have congratulated the author more warmly had they taken into account the fundamental basis on which the National Tuberculosis Control Programme (NTCP) was formulated in India in 1962: the NTCP must sink or sail with the general health services. Nonetheless, it is encouraging that you have mentioned the need for disease surveillance.

How did the Lancet get data from the impossible-to-manage private sector? Furthermore, data from Mumbai or the notorious Gulabi Bagh study of the Revised NTCP in Delhi are simply not enough. A much more extensive study is needed to come forward with reasonably reliable contentions about tuberculosis as a public health problem in a vast and complicated country like India, as was done in the 195558  study of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). In the present day, the ICMR needs to show much more academic competence in finding the current state of the disease in India.

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