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Medicines and investigations will be provided free of cost under the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program (RNTCP).
 The Revised National Tuberculosis Programme (RNTCP) has been implemented in 1993, guided by WHO and supported by world bank.
Due to expanding horizons and strategies under RNTCP, the programme managers and personnel were incapacitated by limited overburdened programme personnel [6, 8].
At that time the RNTCP-I became RNTCP II aiming to consolidate the gains of RNTCP I and to initiate the services to address TB/HIV, MDR-TB (multi-drug resistant TB) and to extend RNTCP to the private sector.
As per the RNTCP guidelines, the treatment success of pulmonary TB cases is monitored by follow-up sputum microscopy at every 2 months of treatment.
In 1993, the Government of India revised the NTP to include the WHO DOTS policy, and the programme was re-named the 'RNTCP.' (24,25) Since its inception in 1996, the programme has initiated the treatment of more than 12.8 million patients, and has saved nearly 2.3 million lives.
Allocation toward the programme has consistently been below the amount requested by the RNTCP. The budget requested in 2015 for the programme was ` 1,358 crore Health Minister JP Nadda
But above all, CSO activities should be aligned with RNTCP policies."
In India, after successful geographical coverage of the entire country in 2006 with the Directly Observed Treatment (DOT) services, RNTCP introduced the programmatic management of drug-resistant TB (PMDT) services in 2007 to address the needs of MDR-TB patients who are now being rapidly scaled up across the country with a mission to achieve universal access of TB care.
The current RNTCP regimens in India are highly effective in the management of tuberculosis patients without HIV infection.
During 1993-2001, under RNTCP, patients diagnosed in health-care facilities with cough lasting [greater than or equal to]3 weeks underwent three sputum smear examinations over a 2-day period.
To assess Knowledge and Attitude regarding Tuberculosis treatment among DOT Providers of RNTCP registered patients in Kottayam district, Kerala.
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