NGO to ask MPs on steps they took to control tuberculosis

March 5th, 2009 - 6:48 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) An NGO, working for tuberculosis patients, has initiated a study to know steps taken by parliamentarians to control the disease in their constituencies.
“With nearly 1,000 people dying of tuberculosis everyday in India despite several high quality drugs and well established programmes, it become important to know what people’s representatives are doing to control and spread awareness about it,” said Bobby John of the NGO Advocacy to Control TB Internationally (Action) Thursday.

The NGO will send a questionnaire to all members of 14th Lok Sabha seeking information regarding steps taken by them to spread awareness about tuberculosis.

“Political will is required to ensure that treatment facilities are easily available to tuberculosis patients as majority of people suffering from the disease are not able to get treatment,” said John.

The data will then be collated and a report will be prepared that will be handed to the government to ensure parliamentarians are involved in tuberculosis awareness programme.

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