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TB Incidence on Rise Among Children in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra

is increasingly affecting children are Kerala (1,930), Punjab (1,680), Orissa (1,486), Haryana (1,395), Chhatisgarh (1,309) and Jharkhand (1,175).

A senior official of the Union Health Ministry has noted that the government is taking various preventive steps.

Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) widely known as DOTS (Directly Observed Treatment Short Course), a WHO recommended strategy, is being implemented from 1997 in the country in a phased manner.

'Our objective is to achieve a cure rate of 85 per cent of new sputum positive cases and to detect at least 70 per cent of such cases,' the official said.

All children below six years of age who are household contacts of smear positive TB cases are screened for TB and after excluding active tuberculosis are offered chemoprophylaxis using Isoniazid, he added.
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