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Delhi: Sir Ganga Ram Hospital starts DOTS clinic

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Ashok Chandra inaugurating Delhi's first DOTS clinic in Ganga Ram Hospital

 BS RAWAT
NEW DELHI : Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi, has inaugurated a directly observed treatment short-course (DOTS) clinic for detection and treatment of TB patients.

Inaugurating the clinic, Ashok Chandra, Chairman, Sir Ganga Ram Trust Society, said, “Our hospital is always in the forefront for partnering with the government’s various health initiatives. I am sure that this DOTS clinic will help in government’s effort to eliminate tuberculosis by 2025.”

Dr. D.S. Rana, Chairman (Board of Management), Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, said, “In an effort to systematically engage with the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) through public-private partnership, this DOTS clinic will help in providing treatment under one roof for  patients suffering from all forms of TB coming to the hospital.”

Dr. Rana stated, “Under this PPP model, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital will provide infrastructure and trained manpower. Medicines and investigations will be provided free of cost under RNTCP.”

“In addition to this, all patients undergoing treatment at this DOTS clinic will get Rs. 500/- per month directly in their accounts for improved nutrition under Nikshay Poshan Yojana of the government,” he added.

Dr. Ashwini Khanna, State Tuberculosis Officer, RNTCP, pointed out, “The clinic is a unique experiment under PPP model with Delhi’s first large tertiary care private hospital.”

On this occasion, a CME on Tuberculosis Control was also held in the hospital premises.


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