New Delhi, June 22: Tuberculosis is that one disease which is engulfing the whole of India. Recently, tuberculosis is spreading like an epidemic which is larger than what was estimated. India is one of the 6 nations that has reported 60% of TB patients in the year of 2015, according to WHO. According to reports, the prevalence of TB in India was at 217 per 1, 00,000 population in 2015 as against the previously estimated 127. In a bid to help the TB patients, the Health Ministry has issued a notification asking those suffering from tuberculosis to submit their Aadhaar card details availing treatment under the government’s Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP).
In case, there is no Aadhaar enrolment centre located in the respective block or taluka or tehsil, the department in the state government will provide enrolment facilities at convenient locations in coordination with the UIDAI.
Till a patient gets the Aadhaar number, they can avail the benefits with the help of Aadhaar enrolment ID slip, a copy of the request made for Aadhaar enrolment or other government documents such as voter identity card, PAN card, bank passbook, ration card among others. However, the notification is applicable in all the states and Union territories except Assam, Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir.
The government’s notification also says that the Aadhaar number is linked with a web application, Nikshay. The application is said to avoid duplication of records of patients. Moreover, doctors and activists said that linking Aadhaar to the national TB programme will do little to solve the basic problems of TB prevention – lack of early diagnoses and not enough access to treatment. The whole notifiacation has received a major flak from the patients and other Indian citizens.
However, the government is trying its best to eliminate tuberculosis by 2025 which is 5 years ahead of the global goal to reduce the number of deaths by 90% by 2030.