Published Date - 12 March 2018 03:39:43 Updated Date - 12 March 2018 03:42:06

Rs. 500 Nutritional Allowance Scheme - TB Patients to get Nutritional Support in Tamil Nadu

The state government of Tamil Nadu has announced to launch a new scheme termed as Rs. 500 Nutritional Allowance Scheme for Patients suffering from Tuberculosis (TB) condition. The new initiative has been announced by the government as Strategic Plan to be run Nation wide for eliminating TB. The new initiative aims at controlling and eliminating TB by the year 2030. As a part for the drive, the government has announced to offer TB patients with Rs 500 Incentive on monthly basis for ongoing TB treatment.

The money is for nutrition support, as TB is known to be a disease of undernutrition. The incentive amount, though, is a fourth of what was envisaged in the National Strategic Plan for TB Elimination released earlier this year with the aim of eliminating the disease by 2030. 

TB is a disease of under-nutrition and leads to loss of appetite. Accordingly, all the Tuberculosis affected patients will get nutrition support of Rs. 500 per month. TN Govt. will directly transfer this amount in the bank accounts of patients through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT).

All TB patients will get this amount in 3 installments during there treatment which is approx. 6 months or can be more. Nutrition Support Scheme will benefit around 1.3 lakh TB patients across the state.

 

Implementation details

  • As per the statements collected the state government has announced to get started with the new initiative of providing Rs 500 incentives to the patients from 2018 April. The incentive will be offered to each patients suffering from TB condition, irrespective of social status and income level.
  • The incentive has been announced by the government for the TB patients with an aim to offer nutritional support as during this condition patients are severely affected by Appetite problems.
  • For better implementation of the scheme state wide the government has stated that the incentive amount will be directly credited in patients bank accounts for benefit.

Tamil Nadu  Nutritional Allowance Scheme for TB Patients

The important features and highlights of TN Nutrition Support Scheme are as follows:-

  • All the TB affected patients will get Rs. 500 for nutritional support as malnutrition is an important cause of this bacterial disease.
  • Accordingly, there is no age limit and no income criteria to become eligible for TN Nutritional Allowance Scheme.
  • Moreover, all the TB patients will get this amount in 3 installments during their treatment. Patients will get this amount through DBT directly into their bank accounts.
  • However, this nutritional allowance is only for those patients who have been notified in the system and whose treatment process is initiated.
  • Under this scheme, patients will get their 1st installment at the time of notification of TB. 2nd Installment at the time of completion of 2 months of treatment and 3rd installment at the end of treatment.
  • Moreover in case the treatment duration is over 6 months, then patients will get more installments.
  • In the initial phase, govt. will implement this pilot project at Government Hospital of Thoracic Medicine, Tambaram. Afterwards, govt. will extend this scheme to the entire state.
 

In Union Budget 2018-19, Central govt. has allocated a sum of Rs. 600 crore for TB Patients Scheme. Malnutrition is an important cause for acquiring TB and leads to loss of appetite – vicious circle. Accordingly, govt. must also focus on providing correct diet plans to the patients.

 

Beneficiaries

  • As per the stats collected by the state government it is expected that over 1.3 lakh patients who are suffering from TB condition will be offered with benefit under this scheme.
  • Each beneficiary under the scheme will be able to take full benefit by the state government during six or more month period at the time of treatment which will be paid as three different installments.

TB Patients Nutritional Allowance Scheme – Facts

Some of important facts about the TN Tuberculosis patients are as follows:-

  1. The state govt. notices around 1.3 lakh cases of TB every year in Tamil Nadu including the old cases.
  2. Accordingly out of these cases, 70000 cases are handled in the govt. sector while 60000 cases are handled in the private sector.
  3. In addition to this, there are around 15000 TB cases which are notified from private sector.
  4. Around 461 TB units are operated in the state and each unit is manned by a medical officer.
  5. Moreover, Tamil Nadu govt. gives Rs. 1000 as pension to all farmer card holders living with TB or HIV / Aids.
  6. This TN Nutritional Allowance Scheme will reduce the mortality rate of people affected with TB.
  7. In India, around 28 lakh cases of TB are seen which is one fourth of the total number of cases globally. Out of these, around 17 lakh cases gets notified. Furthermore, around 4,80,000 people dies with TB across the country
 

 

Key Features and details of Nutritional Allowance Scheme

  • One of the most important features of running the above mentioned scheme is that patients will be offered with Rs 500 as incentive for under going treatment for nutritional support. This means that each patient will be able to fight the condition effectively as he or she may not have to suffer on account of mal-nourishment.
  • As per the state government, the scheme will offer equal benefit to each beneficiary irrespective of his income or age at the time of treatment. No such criteria have been set by the government for the beneficiary as bench mark.
  • DBT facilities will be offered to the patients from the government to ensure that the benefit is offered directly to the beneficiary under the scheme. To ensure that beneficiaries complete the treatment course the government has announced to offer the incentive in three installments till treatment time.
  • The government has also stated that only registered patients who are undergoing treatment procedure will be able to claim for incentive from the government.
  • The moment the patient is notified of suffering from TB condition will be able to make the claim for 1st The next installment will only be provided to the patient the moment he or she has completed two months of treatment process. The final installment will only be paid to the patient the moment he or she has completed the entire treatment course.
  • If any patients have to under go extended period for treatment over six months then additional incentives will be offered by the government. As per the statements made the government will implement the Pilot project in various government owned hospitals in initial stage (Thoracic medicine hospital, Tambaram). Later on the initiative will be extended state wide.

 

RNTCP Programme

The state govt. of Tamil Nadu is already implementing Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP). Accordingly, govt. provides free treatment to TB patients in the government sector. TN govt. has launched this RNTCP scheme in the FY 2002.

TN Nutritional Allowance Scheme will focus on proper counselling taking into consideration their means and local food availability. This scheme will help in proper utilization of nutritional support. As per the study report, decreased BMI (body mass index) and malnutrition causes higher morbidity and mortality in TB.

Central govt. is focusing on strengthening of nutritional counselling component. This component will focus on providing an appropriate diet plan to curb TB. Moreover, Central TB division has also released guidance document on nutritional care and support along with special emphasis on Co-morbidities. Nutrition is an essential component for recovery of TB.

 

Budget allocation

For better implementation of the scheme state wide the government has announced to allocate a set budget of Rs 600 crore for implementation stage. The amount will be used by the government for offering patients with best dietary plan.

 


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