Indore : Tuberculosis (TB) is a notifiable disease and the Central and State Governments are spending huge amount for spreading awareness among people about the killer disease. It is a well-known fact that TB is a communicable disease but surprisingly the doctors of the District Medical Board are unaware of it.
They couldn’t give answer to the question of a police official when he sent a constable, suffering from TB to consult the doctors.
As per information, Superintendent of Police (PTS) sent a constable, Praveen, who is suffering from TB, to the District Medical Board with a letter. In the letter, the SP mentioned that Praveen in suffering from TB and asked the Board to inform him whether TB is a communicable disease. The SP also asked the Board whether the constable needed hospital admission for treatment.
Shockingly, the doctors of the Medical Board referred the case to the Superintendent of Government TB Hospital instead of replying the letter even when there is a TB specialist at District Hospital. According to sources, the matter came to the Superintendent of TB Hospital on June 5, who also referred the case to the other specialist of the hospital.
But, again the specialist also refused to reply with the excuse that the Medical Board is authorised to decide about the admission of the patient.
This incident raised a question that the doctors, who are responsible for taking decisions on medico-legal cases, are themselves unaware about the most common communicable disease.