of India is a Voluntary Organization. Its aims
and objectives are:
- The prevention
- Treatment &
- Relief of tuberculosis.
In 1940 the Tuberculosis Association of India and Government of India decided to set up jointly the New Delhi Tuberculosis Centre as a model clinic. Dr. B. K. Sikand, the first Director of the Centre and Dr. C. Frimodt Moller, evolved the concept of home treatment of tuberculosis and planned the Centre to try the domiciliary treatment scheme. In 1951, the clinic was upgraded as first TB Training and Demonstration Centre in the country with the assistance from WHO, UNICEF and Government of India. Six full fledged sections were started for smooth running of the centre namely:
- Clinical Section
- Laboratory section
- Epidemiological Section
- Public Health section
- Statistical Section
- Administrative Section
The Centre is provides teaching and training facilities to the under-graduate students of Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC), Interns of Lok Nayak Hospital and post Graduate students of Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, Delhi University. It also has one Modular Training Programme in tuberculosis for fresh graduates and interns of MAMC. The Centre has also developed a Modular Training Programme in Bio-Statistics for medical post graduate students of Delhi University. Multi Drug Resistant TB Clinic was also started in the Centre in August, 2002. The Centre’s Laboratory is a renowned laboratory and it receives sputum samples for culture and sensitivity for AFB from different parts of the country.
The Centre runs a TB Health Visitor course of nine months’ duration for students from Delhi and various other states of the country. It also imparts training to nursing students from various institutions such as Lok Nayak Hospital, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Lady Reading Health School and Rajkumari Amrit Kaur College of Nursing.
Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) is being implemented in the Centre in January, 1999. At present the Centre covers a population of 0.2 millions. It has two DOTS cum Microscopy Centres (at NDTBC and Ayurvedic Dispensary Sita Ram Bazar). Two DOT Centres are also operational, one at Vakil Pura and other in slum area of Indira Colony which is run with the help of NGO. Under RNTCP, the Centre is providing modular training to medical officer, senior tuberculosis laboratory supervisors and laboratory technician.
The Centre is engaged in the dissemination of knowledge among general population about tuberculosis control holds community meetings, for this purpose, it conducts health education through flip charts and video film. The Centre mobilises assistance to the poor patients and their families from a number of agencies.
The Centre is engaged in research work and it has to its credit a number of research papers. The Centre maintains a Library related to the field of tuberculosis which is of benefit to the students both from medical and para medical fields.
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