Chennai: 13th August 2011
The tuberculosis control programme provides a global model for effective public health action, Thomas R. Frieden, Director, Centres for Disease Control, US, said. In a special address hosted by the National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT), Dr. Frieden said apart from the fact that the world was agreed on a regimen for TB, the programme served as a model public health initiative for its advocacy of a rational approach to a public health problem. In terms of addressing the core functions of public health, India and many other countries are only scratching the surface. Dr. Frieden also said it was important that we “do not be asleep at the switch from communicable diseases to Non Communicable Diseases.
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