Hyderabad | Jan 26, 2011
After achieving global benchmarks in case-detection and treatment success rate for the last three years, the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) is being expanded by roping in more private practitioners for providing universal access to quality care. Disclosing this at a press conference, Deputy Program Manager, Central TB Division, said the programme achieved a case-detection rate of over 73 per cent and a treatment success rate of over 87 per cent in 2010 against the global benchmark of 70 and 85 per cent respectively. Since the launch of RNTCP in 1997, more than 12.6 million patients have been treated and 2.2 million deaths averted. Quality-assured diagnostic facilities were available in more than 12,800 laboratories across the country.