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    • GENERAL MANNUAL FORTUBERCULOSIS CONTROL National programme for Tuberculosis Control and Chest Diseases Ministry of Health Sri Lanka January 2005
    • GENERAL MANUAL FOR TUBERCULOSIS CONTROL Second Edition - 2005National Programme for Tuberculosis Control and Chest Diseases Ministry of Health Sri Lanka January 2005 i
    • NPTCCD-2005International Consultant – Dr. Shantha Devi ThottikkamathNational Consultant – Dr. Vessamitta R. Weeraratna First Edition 1997 ii
    • CONTENTS Foreword vi Preface vii Abbreviations and acronyms viii Introduction 1 PART I – BASIC INFORMATION ON TUBERCULOSIS AND TECHNICAL GUIDELINES FOR TUBERCULOSIS CONTROL 3 1. Tuberculosis 5 2. Classification of Tuberculosis 9 3. Diagnosis of Tuberculosis 13 4. Treatment of Tuberculosis 17 5. Essential (First line) anti-TB drugs 32 6. Monitoring of treatment 44 7. Tuberculosis and HIV 47 8. Pregnancy and Tuberculosis 50 9. Role of BCG vaccination 5210. Prevention of Tuberculosis 5411. Multidrug-resistant TB 56PART II – OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES FOR TUBERCULOSIS CONTROL 631. Objectives and strategy of National Tuberculosis Programme 652. National Tuberculosis Programme 673. Tuberculosis case finding 734. Treatment and follow up of TB patients 805. Recording and Reporting 856. Supervision 907. Evaluation 928. Training 959. Management of drugs and supplies 96 iii
    • 10. Intersectoral co-ordination 97PART III – ADMINISTRATION OF A CHEST CLINIC 991. District Chest Clinic 1012. Drug supplies 1033. Issue of medical certificates 106LIST OF FLOW CHARTSFlow Chart I Treatment and follow up of new smear-positive PTB cases (CAT 1) 25Flow Chart II Treatment and follow up of Re-treatment cases (CAT 2) 26Flow Chart III Treatment and follow up of smear-negative PTB cases 27Flow Chart IV Management of TB suspects at Peripheral Health Institutions 76Flow Chart V Management of TB suspects at District Chest Clinics 79LIST OF FIGURESFigure I Classification of Tuberculosis 12Figure II Anti-TB drug management cycle 96LIST OF TABLESTable 1 Case definition, Treatment Categories and Recommended Regimens 20Table 2 WHO recommended formulations of FDC 24Table 3 Actions in interruption of TB treatment 31Table 4 Number of tablets of FDC used in CAT 1 and CAT 2 37Table 5 Adverse effects of first line anti-TB drugs 38Table 6 Symptom based management of side-effects of Anti-TB drugs 39Table 7 Re introduction of anti-TB drugs following drug induced hepatitis after LFTs return to normal 41Table 8 Re-introduction of anti- TB drugs following drug reaction 43Table 9 Schedule for follow up sputum examination 45 iv
    • Table 10 How PTB differs in early and late HIV infection 48Table 11 Dosages and mode of action of reserve anti-tuberculosis drugs 59Table 12 Suggested treatment regimen for MDR-TB (WHO) 60Table 13 Training schedule for operational staff of the NTP 95ANNEXESAnnex 1 Organization of the NPTCCD 111Annex 2 Tuberculosis Treatment Card 113Annex 3 Tuberculosis Follow up Card 115Annex 4 District Tuberculosis Register 117Annex 5 Tuberculosis Laboratory Register 119Annex 6 Request for Sputum Examination form 121Annex 7 Request for Tuberculosis Culture and Drug Susceptibility Test form 123Annex 8 Transfer/Referral Form for Tuberculosis Patients 125Annex 9 Quarterly Report on Case Finding 127Annex 10 Quarterly Report on Sputum Conversion of smear-positive patients at the end of intensive phase 129Annex 11 Quarterly Report on the Results of Treatment of patients 131 registered 12-15 months earlierAnnex 12 Quarterly Report on Microscopy activities and Logistics 133Annex 13 Quarterly Report of Programme Management (District level) 135Annex 14 Quarterly Report – TB & non TB wards 143Annex 15 Quarterly Report – Chest Hospital, Welisara 147Annex 16 Quarterly Report – National TB Reference Laboratory 153Annex 17 Register of TB suspects 157 v
    • FOREWORDTuberculosis (TB) remains a major & growing public health problem throughout theworld. Tuberculosis can affect all sections of society and all countries and communitiesare vulnerable to this infectious disease. In Sri Lanka about 9,000 cases are detected eachyear.Tuberculosis can be cured completely through directly observed treatment, short-course(DOTS) which is also the most cost-effective way of controlling the disease. Inadequatetreatment of patients, in particular the sputum smear-positive cases can lead to theemergence of Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the country.Therefore, it is essential that all tuberculosis patients should be managed according to thenational guidelines provided in this manual. This is the second edition of the manualwhich has been updated giving the information on HIV-related TB, Multidrug-resistantTB (MDR-TB) and the use of Fixed-dose combinations of anti-tuberculosis drugs. Themanual will help all health personnel to update their knowledge on tuberculosis and itscontrol.I request all health personnel in the country to adhere to the national guidelines providedin this manual and join hands in addressing the challenge of tuberculosis control.Dr. Athula KahandaliyanageDirector General of Health Services vi
    • PREFACEThe National Programme for Tuberculosis control and Chest Diseases has prepared this secondedition of “General Manual for Tuberculosis Control” with the aim to give practical guidance toall those who manage tuberculosis patients. In addition to updating the information alreadypublished in the first edition, the information on HIV-related TB, Multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and the Fixed-dose Combinations of anti-tuberculosis drugs has been included.The identification and cure of infectious TB cases i.e. the patients with smear-positive pulmonaryTB is the only way to interrupt the transmission of the disease in the community. These guidelinescover the identification of patients in a very cost-effective manner, the treatment of patients, bothadults and children, with smear-positive pulmonary TB, smear-negative pulmonary TB andextrapulmonary TB. The treatment regimens based on standardized short-course chemotherapyand proper case management ensure cure. Standardized treatment is a component of theinternationally recommended strategy for TB control known as “DOTS”. The revised guidelinesfocus on this strategy.The guidelines given here closely follow the “Guidelines for National Tuberculosis Programmes”published by WHO. The revision and updating of the manual and the guidelines was done byDr.(Mrs.) S. D. Thottikkamath and Dr.(Mrs.) V.R. Weeraratna in consultation with the consultantchest physicians and the medical officers of the NPTCCD. Several workshops were held todiscuss different aspects of this work and to finalize the chapters. The contents have been perusedby the SLMA Committee on Communicable Diseases and their comments were discussed andincluded. The development and the printing of the manual has been funded by the IDA assistedNational HIV/AIDS Prevention Project.This edition is intended for the use by all the medical officers both in the public and private sectorin the management of TB patients and I trust that they will adhere to the guidelines laid down hereto diagnose the TB patients early in the disease, to ensure cure of the diagnosed patients and toprevent the emergence of Multidrug-resistant TB.I express my sincere thanks to all those who worked hard in developing the second edition.Dr. Chandra SarukkaliDirectorNational Programme for Tubercuosis Control and Chest Diseases vii
    • ABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONYMSABST - Antibiotic Sensitivity TestAFB - Acid Fast BacilliAIDS - Acquired Immuno Deficiency SyndromeAMO - Assistant Medical OfficerATT - Anti-tuberculosis TherapyBCG - Bacillus Calmette GuerinBHT - Bed Head TicketCAT 1 - Category 1CAT 2 - Category 2CXR - Chest X-rayCNS - Central Nervous systemDDG/PHS - Deputy Director General, Public Health ServicesDOTS - Directly Observed Treatment Short courseDTCD - Diploma in Tuberculosis and Chest DiseasesDTCO - District Tuberculosis Control OfficerEPI - Expanded Programme of ImmunisationEPTB - Extra Pulmonary TuberculosisFDCs - Fixed Dose CombinationsFEFO - First Expired First OutHIV - Human Immuno-deficiency VirusIV - IntravenousLFT - Liver Function TestMDR-TB - Multi Drug-resistant TuberculosisMLT - Medical Laboratory TechnologistMO - Medical OfficerMOH - Medical Officer of HealthMRO - Medical Records OfficerNGO - Non Governmental OrganisationNPTCCD - National Programme for Tuberculosis and Chest DiseasesNTP - National Tuberculosis ProgrammePHI - Public Health InspectorPTB - Pulmonary TuberculosisRMO - Registered Medical OfficerRMSD - Regional Medical Supplies DivisionSCC - Short Course ChemotherapyTB - TuberculosisVCT - Voluntary Counseling and TestingWHO - World Health Organisation viii
    • INTRODUCTIONTuberculosis continues to be a major public health problem throughout the world,particularly in the developing countries. Nearly one-third of the global population (i.e.two billion people) is infected with M.tuberculosis and is at risk of developing thedisease. More than eight million people develop active tuberculosis every year and abouttwo million die of the disease. It is the leading cause of death due to a single infectiousagent among adults. The highest burden of the disease is in the most economicallyproductive age group of our society (15-54 years). The rapid increase in the incidence oftuberculosis in the developing countries and its resurgence in the developed countries ledthe World Health Organization (WHO) to declare Tuberculosis a Global Emergency in1993.The aims of the fight against Tuberculosis are:For individual patients - to cure their disease, quickly restore their capacity for activitiesof daily living and allow them to be within the family and community and therebymaintain their socio-economic status.For the community - to decrease the spread of tuberculosis infection through early casefinding and by appropriate management and cure.Much concerted efforts are needed to control the tuberculosis epidemic. The first priorityof tuberculosis control is the appropriate management and cure of tuberculosis patients,especially the infectious cases who are the source of transmission of infection in thecommunity. It is the only way to break the chain of transmission of the disease.The fight against Tuberculosis is best conducted within the setting of a NationalTuberculosis Programme (NTP) integrated with the general health services of the country.For effective control of tuberculosis and to prevent emergence of drug resistance, it isimportant to have a uniform treatment policy for all patients. Close co-operation of allhealth care providers with the NTP is essential at all levels, for successful implementationof the control programme. Participation of community health workers, religious groups,political leaders, and voluntary organizations is essential to achieve success intuberculosis control. It is important that the community is made aware of the nature andextent of the problem of tuberculosis as well as its prevention and cure. It must be 1
    • stressed that the disease is curable and preventable and there is no reason fordiscrimination or stigma.The key in controlling tuberculosis is to ensure that patients take their medicines regularlyuntil they are cured. Non-compliance of patients to treatment is one of the majorproblems faced by all national tuberculosis programmes. To overcome this, the strategyof Directly Observed Treatment, Short-course (DOTS) has been recommended by theWHO and accepted internationally. DOTS has been recognised as the only proven cost-effective method which can ensure cure. Under the DOTS strategy, a trained healthworker actually watches the patient swallow his/her medicines, and ensure cure. This isthe key to stopping tuberculosis at the source.Community participation will encourage people with symptoms of tuberculosis to seekmedical advice for early case detection and improve patients’ compliance to treatment.Case finding followed by proper treatment reduces suffering, disability and death fromtuberculosis and transmission of the disease in the community. 2
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    • 1 TUBERCULOSISWhat is tuberculosis (TB)?Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by the bacillus- Mycobacterium tuberculosisand occasionally by Mycobacterium bovis and Mycobacterium africanum. Tuberculosiscommonly affects the lungs, but it can affect any other organ in the body.How does tuberculosis spread?The bacteria that cause tuberculosis usually spread through air. When a patient withinfectious pulmonary tuberculosis coughs, sneezes or laughs, bacilli are expelled into theair in the form of tiny droplets. These droplets dry up rapidly to form droplet nuclei andmay remain suspended in the air for several hours. Adequate through and throughventilation removes and dilutes these droplet nuclei, and direct sunlight quickly kills thebacilli, but they can survive in the dark for several days. When a healthy person inhalesthese droplet nuclei containing the tubercle bacilli, he/she may become infected.Risk of infectionAn individual’s risk of infection depends on the extent of exposure to an infectious sourceand susceptibility of the individual to infection. The risk of infection is therefore high in aperson who has close, prolonged exposure to a person with sputum smear positivepulmonary TB. The risk of transmission of infection from sputum smear-negativepulmonary TB is low and with extrapulmonary TB, still lower.How does TB develop?Tuberculosis develops in two stages. The first stage occurs when the tubercle bacilli froman infectious source enter the body of an individual but remain dormant without causingdisease and is called tuberculous infection. The second stage is when the infectedindividual actually develops the disease and is called tuberculosis or tuberculous disease. 5
    • Risk of progression of infection to diseaseOnce infected with M.tuberculosis, a person probably remains infected for life.Approximately 10% of people infected will develop active disease during their lifetime.The majority (90%) of people will not develop the disease and the only evidence ofinfection in these individuals, may be a positive tuberculin skin test. However theorganisms may remain dormant within the body and the disease can develop at any time.The chance of developing the disease is greatest shortly after infection (within the firsttwo years) and lessens as time goes by, but the risk probably remains for life. Anyweakening of the immune system will lead to progression of infection to disease e.g. HIVinfection, diabetes, malnutrition, prolonged steroid therapy, chronic alcoholism,malignancies etc.PathogenesisPrimary infectionPrimary infection occurs on first exposure of a person to tubercle bacilli. Once thetubercle bacilli enter the respiratory tract through inhalation, the organisms reach thealveoli of the lungs and start multiplying to form the Ghon’s focus. The bacilli spreadthrough the lymphatics to the hilar lymph nodes causing enlargement of the nodes. TheGhon’s focus and the hilar lymphadenopathy form the Primary Complex. Bacilli from theprimary complex may spread via the blood stream and lymphatics to other parts of thebody .The immune response (delayed hypersensitivity and cellular immunity) developsabout 4-6 weeks after the primary infection. In most cases the immune response issufficient to stop the multiplication of bacilli and prevent development of disease. Theprimary lesion may heal by fibrosis or by calcification. A positive tuberculin skin testmay be the only evidence of infection.In few cases (e.g. the newborn, malnutrition, HIV) the immune response may not besufficient to prevent the multiplication of bacilli and the tuberculous infection mayprogress to tuberculous disease within a few months. 6
    • Post-primary tuberculosisPost primary tuberculosis occurs after a latent period of months or years after the primaryinfection. It may occur either by endogenous reactivation of the latent primary infectionor by exogenous re-infection with TB bacilli.Natural history of untreated PTBWithout treatment, after 5 years,• 50% of pulmonary TB patients die• 25% remain asymptomatic (good immune response)• 25% remain ill with chronic infectious TBWho is a TB suspect?A TB suspect is a person who presents with symptoms or signs suggestive of TB,particularly cough of three weeks or more.Who is considered a ‘Case’ of tuberculosis?A case of tuberculosis is a patient in whom TB has been bacteriologically confirmed ordiagnosed by a clinician.Definite case of TBA definite case of TB is a patient with positive culture for the Mycobacteriumtuberculosis complex. (In countries where culture is not routinely available, a patient withtwo sputum smears positive for acid-fast bacilli (AFB) is considered a “definite” case)Common symptoms of pulmonary tuberculosisRespiratory symptoms:Cough – usually more than three weeksHaemoptysis (blood stained sputum)Shortness of breathChest pain 7
    • Constitutional symptoms:Fever and night sweatsLoss of appetiteLoss of weightTiredness (fatigue)Symptoms of Extrapulmonary TBThe symptoms depend on the organ involved. Patients may present with constitutionalfeatures of the disease – fever, night sweats, loss of weight, and loss of appetite or localsymptoms related to the site of the disease. 8
    • 2 CLASSIFICATION OF TUBERCULOSISIt is important to classify the cases of TB in order to determine the correct treatmentregimen and the duration of treatment and for recording and reporting purposes, whichwill facilitate cohort analysis of treatment outcome.Classification of tuberculosis is based on: • Site of TB disease • Results of sputum smear • History of previous TB treatmentClassification by Site of disease and Result of sputum smearPulmonary tuberculosis (PTB)Pulmonary tuberculosis refers to disease involving the lung parenchyma.Smear-positive pulmonary tuberculosis • A patient with at least two sputum smears positive for AFB by direct smear microscopy OR • A patient with at least one sputum smear positive for AFB by microscopy and chest X-ray abnormalities consistent with active pulmonary TB as determined by a clinician OR • A patient with at least one sputum smear positive for AFB by microscopy and sputum culture positive for M. tuberculosis.Smear-negative pulmonary tuberculosis • A patient with at least three sputum smears negative for AFB by microscopy and chest X-ray abnormalities consistent with active pulmonary tuberculosis and no response to a course of broad-spectrum antibiotics and a decision by a clinician to treat the patient with a full course of anti-tuberculosis therapy (Any patient given anti-TB treatment 9
    • should be recorded as a case. Incomplete trials of anti-tuberculosis treatment should not be considered a method of diagnosis). OR • A patient whose initial sputum smears were negative for AFB, but whose sputum culture is positive for M. tuberculosis. This group also includes cases without smear result, which should be exceptional in adults but are relatively more frequent in children, because children rarely produce a positive sputum smear.Extrapulmonary tuberculosis (EPTB)This refers to tuberculosis of any organ of the body other than the lung parenchyma.Diagnosis should be based on one smear/culture-positive specimen, or histological orstrong clinical evidence consistent with active extrapulmonary tuberculosis, followed by adecision by a clinician to treat with a full course of anti-tuberculosis chemotherapy.A patient with both pulmonary and extrapulmonary tuberculosis should be classified as acase of pulmonary TB.Cases of pleural effusion and intra-thoracic lymphadenopathy (mediastinal and hilar)without X-ray abnormalities in the lung parenchyma are also classified as extrapulmonaryTB.Classification by previous treatmentIn order to identify those patients at increased risk of acquired drug resistance and toprescribe appropriate treatment, a case should be defined according to whether or not thepatient has previously received TB treatment.The following definitions are used:New A patient who has never taken treatment for TB OR Who has taken anti-tuberculosis drugs for less than one month 10
    • Relapse A patient previously treated for TB who has been declared cured or treatment completed, and is diagnosed with bacteriologically positive (smear or culture) tuberculosisTreatment after failure A patient on treatment with category 1 who remains smear-positive at the end of 5 months or later during the course of treatmentTreatment after default A patient who returns to treatment, with positive bacteriology, following interruption of treatment for two months or moreTransfer in A patient already registered in one district and transferred to another district for continuation of treatmentOther A patient who does not fit into anyone of the above definitions: e.g. - A patient who has been taking treatment for TB for more than four weeks without being registered with the NTP. - A patient with smear-negative pulmonary TB or extrapulmonary TB who may have relapsed (but without any bacteriological evidence) although this may be rare.Chronic Patient remaining sputum smear positive after completing a fully supervised re-treatment regimen 11
    • 3 DIAGNOSIS OF TUBERCULOSISThe highest priority for tuberculosis control is the identification and cure of the infectiouscases of tuberculosis. Therefore any person with symptoms suggestive of tuberculosis,particularly cough for more than three weeks should be investigated.InvestigationsSputum Smear microscopySputum smear microscopy is the most reliable and cost effective method of diagnosinginfectious cases of pulmonary tuberculosis cases. Whenever tuberculosis is suspected in apatient who has had a cough of three weeks or more, three sputum samples should becollected and examined by microscopy for Acid-Fast Bacilli (AFB).Collection of sputum samplesA PTB suspect should submit three sputum samples for microscopy. Three early morningsamples are preferable. Patient should be advised to collect sputum after coughingfollowing a deep inspiration and it should not be saliva.Outpatients may provide sputum specimens as follows:First spot specimen - Supervised spot specimen at the first visitEarly morning specimen - Patient is given a sputum container to collect early morning specimen on the following day.Second spot specimen - Second supervised spot specimen is collected when the patient returns with the early morning specimen, on the following day.Chest X-rayThe chest X-ray has a limited role in confirming the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis.Diagnosis of tuberculosis by means of X-ray alone is unreliable. Abnormalities seen on achest X-ray may be mimicked by a variety of other conditions. However chest X-ray ishelpful particularly in the following instances: 13
    • • Diagnosis of PTB in children • Diagnosis of PTB in a suspect, whose sputum smears are negative for AFBThe decision to start on anti-TB treatment on patients should not be based solely onabnormal chest X-ray findings and all efforts should be made to perform sputummicroscopy.Sputum Culture for AFBCulture examination of sputum for AFB is more sensitive and specific than direct smearmicroscopy and may be useful in detecting cases where the number of organisms arefewer than can be detected by direct smear microscopy. But this is more expensive andtakes at least 6-8 weeks to get the results.Under ideal circumstances pre-treatment sputum cultures for AFB should be performedon all PTB patients.However due to limited facilities available, sputum cultures are recommended only in thefollowing situations: - a) Pre-treatment cultures in Category 1 patients (Ref. page no. 21) who have a high risk of drug resistance like health care workers, prisoners, HIV positive patients, drug addicts and contacts of known drug resistant TB patients. b) Pre- treatment cultures in all Category 2 patients. (Ref. page no. 22) c) Pre treatment cultures in sputum smear-negative PTB patients d) patients who fail to convert at the end of two months of Category 1 treatmentIf there is likely to be a delay of more than 3 days in transporting the specimen, add apreservative (cetyl pyridinium chloride) to the bottle. The central laboratory will provideuniversal containers with CPC to the District Chest Clinics.Tuberculin Skin TestTuberculin is a purified protein derived from tubercle bacilli. Following infection with M.tuberculosis, a person develops hypersensitivity to tuberculin. When tuberculin is injectedinto the skin of an infected person, a delayed local reaction occurs at the site of injectionafter 24-48 hours. 14
    • The Tuberculin skin test is of limited value in clinical work, especially in countries witha high prevalence of TB • A positive test only indicates infection and not the presence or extent of tuberculous disease. • A negative test does not necessarily exclude active TB.There are several methods of doing the Tuberculin skin test- Mantoux, Heaf and Tinemethods. In Sri-Lanka, the Mantoux test is the method used.Technique of Mantoux testSeveral preparations of Tuberculin are available.The tuberculin that is used in NTP in Sri Lanka is PPD-RT-23+ Tween 80 (2 TU).The test is done by injecting 0.1 ml of tuberculin intra-dermally to the anterior aspect ofthe left forearm. The transverse diameter of the induration is measured after 72 hours.The results are recorded and interpreted as follows: 0 - 9 mm - Negative > 10 mm - Positive > 15 mm - Strongly positiveInterpretation of Tuberculin testA Positive Tuberculin skin test • Only indicates past infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis or with mycobacteria other than M. tuberculosis o May be due to previous BCG vaccination. This reaction is usually a weaker reaction less than 10 mm. • A strongly positive test (>15 mm in BCG vaccinated individuals) favours a diagnosis of tuberculosis.However this should be interpreted in the context of clinical picture and otherinvestigations.A positive tuberculin test is only one piece of evidence in favour of a diagnosis oftuberculosisA Tuberculin test has no value in diagnosis of re-activation. Repeat Mantoux testing isnot recommended in the diagnosis of TB because repeat test is known to have a boostereffect and may give a false positive result. 15
    • A Negative Tuberculin skin testA diameter of skin induration less than 10 mm is considered as negative. However thisdoes not exclude a diagnosis of tuberculosis.The following conditions may suppress the tuberculin skin test – • HIV infection • Malnutrition • Severe bacterial infections including TB • Viral infections e.g. measles. chickenpox, glandular fever • Cancer • Immuno-suppressive drugs e.g. steroidsDiagnosis of Tuberculosis in childrenDiagnosis of TB in children is often difficultOnly a small proportion of children have tuberculosis, which is sputum smear positive,and many children cannot produce sputum for examination.Since most young children swallow the sputum, gastric lavage or induced sputum may beobtained early morning and sent for culture for M. tuberculosis. However since this isvery distressing to the child and the yield is low, it should be done only if it is essentiale.g. when the diagnosis is particularly difficult or when the child is ill.Diagnosis of TB in children should be considered in the following situations. • Respiratory symptoms more than three weeks not responding to broad-spectrum antibiotics • Undiagnosed illness continuing for more than 2- 4 weeks • Unexplained fever • History of contact with an infectious pulmonary TB case, particularly in the same household • An abnormal chest X –ray • A positive Tuberculin test • Unexplained weight loss or failure to gain weight in spite of adequate nutrition • Failure to thrive in an infant • Focal lesions such as enlarged lymph nodes, abdominal mass, ascites, CNS signs. 16
    • 4 TREATMENT OF TUBERCULOSISTreatment of tuberculosis is the cornerstone of any NTP. The modern treatment strategyis based on standardized short course chemotherapy regimens and proper casemanagement to ensure completion of treatment and cure.Aims of treatment of TB are: • To cure the patient of TB • To prevent death from active TB or its late effects • To prevent relapse of TB • To decrease transmission of TB in the community • To prevent the emergence of drug resistant TBShort Course Chemotherapy (SCC) is now the recommended treatment for tuberculosisand when properly applied, fulfills the above aims of anti-TB drug treatment.Requirements for adequate chemotherapy • An appropriate combination of anti-tuberculosis drugs • Prescribed in correct dosage • Taken regularly by the patient • For the prescribed period of timeIt is essential for the patients to receive and to adhere to the recommended course oftreatment (usually 6-8 months) in order to be cured. If patients fail to take theircombination of drugs regularly, the bacilli may become resistant to the drugs. The bestway to ensure patient adherence to treatment is Direct Observation of Treatment (DOT).This means that the patient swallows the tablets under the direct observation of a healthworker or a trained person. The strategy of DOTS has been recommended by the WHOand now internationally accepted as the standard method for TB control. 17
    • Essential (First-Line) Anti-tuberculosis DrugsThe five essential anti-TB drugs are:Isoniazid (H)Rifampicin (R)Pyrazinamide (Z)Ethambutol (E)Streptomycin (S)Mode of action of anti-TB drugsA population of TB bacilli in a TB patient consists of the following groups. 1. Metabolically active, continuously growing bacilli inside cavities 2. Intra cellular dormant forms - bacilli inside macrophages 3. Extra cellular dormant forms a) Bacilli which undergo occasional spurts of metabolism (semi dormant) b) Dormant bacilli, which gradually die on their own.Different anti-TB drugs act against different groups of bacilli.Isoniazid, rifampicin, ethambutol, PAS are active against metabolically active bacilli.Rifampicin has a special action against the semi dormant forms.Pyrazinamide acts in an acid environment inside cells e.g. macrophages.So far there is no drug, which can act on dormant bacilliTB treatment regimensTreatment regimens consist of two phases: 1. Initial intensive phase 2. Continuation phaseIntensive phaseDuring the initial intensive phase, there is rapid killing of TB bacilli. Infectious patientsquickly become non-infectious (within about two weeks) and symptoms improve. Mostpatients with sputum smear-positive pulmonary TB becomes smear negative within twomonths. Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) is essential in the initial phase to ensure thatthe patient takes every single dose. This prevents development of drug resistance. The 18
    • risk of development of drug resistance is higher during the early stages of anti-TBtreatment, when there are more bacilli.Continuation PhaseDuring the continuation phase, fewer drugs are necessary, but for a longer period. Thesterilizing effect of the drugs eliminates the remaining bacilli, thus preventing subsequentrelapses.Patients who have taken anti-tuberculosis drugs previously are much more likely todevelop drug resistance, which may have been acquired through inadequate priorchemotherapy. Such patients require a stronger regimen consisting of more drugs and fora longer period.Therefore before starting treatment, it is essential to question all patients closely andcarefully to determine whether or not they have previously taken treatment fortuberculosis, so that they can be given the proper treatment regimen.Standard code for TB treatment regimensThere is a standard code for TB treatment regimens and each anti-tuberculosis drug hasan abbreviation. H – Isoniazid R - Rifampicin Z - Pyrazinamide E - Ethambutol S – StreptomycinA TB treatment regimen consists of two phases, the intensive phase and the continuationphase. The number before a phase is the duration of that phase in months. A subscriptnumber (e.g. 3) after a letter indicates the number of doses of that drug per week. Nosubscript number after a letter indicates that the treatment is daily.E.g.: 4 HR means 4 months of Isoniazid and Rifampicin daily.5 H3 R3 E3 means 5 months of Isoniazid, Rifampicin and Ethambutol three times a week. 19
    • Categories and Treatment RegimensThe treatment regimen recommended depends on the treatment category for each patient.Two treatment categories and standardized regimens are used in Sri Lanka.Table 1 Case definitions, Treatment Categories and Recommended RegimensCase Definition Treatment Treatment Regimen Category Intensive Phase Continuation PhaseNew cases - PTB smear-positive - PTB smear-negative CAT 1 2 HRZE 4 HR - Extrapulmonary TBRe-treatment cases - Relapses -Treatment after failure CAT 2 2HRZES / 1 HRZE 5 HRE -Treatment after default (smear-positive)Category 1 (CAT 1) - (Refer Flow Chart I)This is given to all new patients: - New sputum smear-positive PTB - New sputum smear-negative PTB - New Extrapulmonary TBRecommended Treatment Regimen 2 HRZE / 4 HRIntensive Phase • Isoniazid Rifampicin daily for two months Pyrazinamide Ethambutol 20
    • In patients who cannot be given Ethambutol as in the case of small children who areunable to communicate visual symptoms, Streptomycin may be given instead ofEthambutol. • In pulmonary TB cases, at the end of two months of intensive phase, do the sputum smear examination. - If the smear is negative, start on the continuation phase of treatment. - If the smear is positive at the end of two months, continue the intensive phase of four drugs for another one month. • Repeat the sputum smear examination at the end of the 3rd month. • If the smear is positive at the end of the 3rd month, stop drugs for three days; send sputum for TB culture and ABST. • Start on the continuation phase of treatment, regardless of the sputum result.Continuation Phase • Isoniazid Rifampicin Daily for four months • Do follow up sputum smear examination at the end of 5 months and end of treatment. - If sputum smear is negative at the end of the 5th month and at the end of 6 months of treatment, chest X- ray is taken (optional) and anti-TB drugs stopped. - If the sputum is positive at the end of the 5th month or more, re-register the patient as a ‘Treatment Failure’ and start on Category 2 treatment. • For patients with tuberculous meningitis, miliary TB, or spinal tuberculosis with neurological complications, continuation phase can be extended up to 7 months.Category 2 (CAT 2) - (Refer Flow Chart II)This is given to all Re-treatment cases: - Relapses - Treatment after failure 21
    • - Treatment after default – (sputum smear-positive)Recommended Treatment Regimen 2 HRZES/ 1 HRZE / 5HREIntensive phase • Isoniazid Rifampicin Pyrazinamide Daily for two months Ethambtol Streptomycin • Isoniazid Rifampicin Daily for one month Pyrazinamide Ethambutol • Do the sputum smear examination at the end of the 3rd month. - If the sputum smear is negative, start on the continuation phase of treatment - If the sputum is positive, the four oral drugs are continued for another month • Repeat the sputum smear, at the end of the 4th month (If found positive at the end of the 3rd month). - If the sputum is negative, start on the continuation phase of treatment. - If the sputum is still positive, further treatment will depend on the results of pre-treatment culture and sensitivity test. - If the results are suggestive of multidrug-resistant TB, such patients should be referred to Chest Physician for further management. 22
    • Continuation Phase • Isoniazid Daily for five months Rifampicin Ethambutol • Do the follow up sputum smear examinations at the end of the 5th month and end of treatment. - If the sputum is negative, do the chest X-ray (optional) and anti-TB drugs are stopped. - If the patient remains smear positive after the completion of a fully supervised re-treatment regimen, he should be referred to the Chest Physician for management. Such patients are defined as ‘Chronic’ cases.Fixed-dose combination tablets (FDCs)Tablets of fixed-dose drug combinations have been recommended. There are severaladvantages as well as disadvantages of using fixed drug combination tablets overindividual drugs. Sri Lanka has introduced FDCs for TB treatment regimens in 2005.Advantages • Prescription errors are likely to be less frequent because dosage recommendations are more straightforward and adjustment of dosage according to patient weight is easier. • The number of tablets to ingest is smaller and may thus encourage patient adherence to treatment. • If treatment is not observed, patient cannot be selective in the choice of drugs to ingest.Disadvantages • If prescription errors do occur, excess dosage (risk of toxicity) or sub-inhibitory concentrations of all drugs (favouring development of drug resistance) may result • Health care workers may be tempted to evade Directly Observed Therapy, erroneously believing that adherence is automatically guaranteed. 23
    • • Poor rifampicin bioavailability has been found for some FDCs, particularly in 3 or 4 drug combinations. Quality assurance is therefore essential. • Using FDCs does not obviate the need for separate drugs for a minority of patients who develop drug toxicity.Table 2 WHO recommended formulations of FDCDrug Dose form Strength for daily use Strength for thrice- weekly useIsoniazid+ rifampicin Tablet 75mg +150mg 150mg+ i50mg 150mg + 300mg Tablet or pack 30mg + 60mg 60mg + 60mg of granulesIsoniazid+ethambutol Tablet 150mg + 400mg --Isoniazid+thioacetazone Tablet 100mg + 50 mg -- 300mg + 150mgIsoniazid + rifampicin + Tablet 75mg + 150mg + 400mg 150mg + 150mg+pyrazinamide 500mg Tablet or pack 30mg+60mg+150mg -- of granulesIsoniazid+rifampicin+ Tablet 75mg+150mg+400mg+ ---pyrazinamide+ethambutol 275mg 24
    • Flow chart I Treatment and follow up of new smear-positive PTB cases - (CAT 1) 2 HRZE (S) * Examine sputum (end of 2nd month) Positive Negative Continue 1 HRZE (S)* Start continuation phase 4 HR Examine sputum Examine sputum (end of the 3rd month) (end of the 5th month and end of treatment) Positive NegativeStop ATT for 3 daysSend sputum for culture and ABST Positive Negative Start continuation phase 4 HR Examine sputum (end of the 5th month and end of treatment) Do a CXR** and stop ATT (Cured) Positive Negative Do a CXR** and stop ATT (Cured) Treatment failure Re-register and start on CAT 2* Streptomycin is used where Ethambutol cannot be given as in young children** Optional 25
    • Flow chart II Treatment and follow up of Re-treatment cases (CAT 2) (Send sputum for pre-treatment culture and ABST) 2 HRZES 1 HRZE Examine sputum (end of the 3rd month) Positive Negative Continue 1 HRZE Start continuation phase 5 HRE Examine sputum (end of the 4th month) Examine sputum end of the 5th month and end of treatment) Positive NegativeFurther treatmentdetermined by result Start continuation phaseof pre-treatment 5 HRE Positive Negativeculture & ABST Examine sputum th (end of the 5 month and end of treatment) Do a CXR** and stop ATT (Cured) Positive Negative Do a CXR** and stop ATT (Cured) ‘Chronic Case’ Refer to a Chest Physician** Optional 26
    • Flow chart III Treatment and follow up of smear-negative PTB cases Smear-negative PTB (Send sputum for pre-treatment culture) 2 HRZE(S) CXR after 1 month Examine sputum (end of the 2nd month). Negative Positive Start Continuation Phase Treatment Failure 4 HR Examine sputum Stop ATT * Do a CXR Re-register Stop ATT Start CAT 2 (Completed Rx)* If no improvement in the abnormality found in the original CXR, refer the patient to aChest Physician. 27
    • Directly Observed TreatmentDirectly Observed Treatment (DOT) is one of the important elements of theinternationally recommended strategy for TB control. Directly Observed Treatmentmeans that an observer watches the patient swallow their tablets. This ensures that a TBpatient takes the right anti-tuberculosis drugs, in the right doses at the right intervalswithout interruption and ensures that the patient completes the full course of treatment.Why is Directly Observed Treatment necessary?Patient compliance is a key factor in treatment success. Many patients who receive self-administered treatment often take drugs irregularly and a significant proportion ofpatients stop treatment before completion due to various reasons. It is impossible topredict who will or will not comply. Therefore directly observed treatment is required toensure treatment adherence and it also helps to motivate the patient to continue treatment.It is recommended in the intensive phase of treatment at least for all sputum positivecases. A patient who misses one attendance for DOT can be traced immediately,counseled and returned to treatment.Patient compliance should be promoted through a patient centered approach by: - Facilitating easy access to treatment, by organizing directly observed treatment as close to patient’s home (or the work place) as possible - Providing anti-tuberculosis drugs free of charge - Providing polite and rapid attention. 28
    • National policy for the implementation of Directly ObservedTreatment (DOT)Patients who will be given DOT – • New Pulmonary TB (sputum positive and negative) cases Intensive phase: All new Pulmonary TB (sputum positive and negative) patients should be given directly observed treatment daily during the intensive phase. This should be arranged as far as possible community based, or hospital based wherever necessary as in the case of very ill patients or those patients who are unable to come daily for supervised treatment Continuation phase: Since the continuation phase also contains Rifampicin, every effort should be made to give each dose under observation. Wherever this is not possible patients will be advised to attend the chest clinic once a week, and the first dose will be given under direct observation and the remaining six doses will be supplied for self-administration at home. DTCO will make arrangements for supervisory visits to check drug intake (including pill counts). • Extra pulmonary TB Intensive Phase: Drugs will be given under direct observation Continuation phase: Since the continuation phase also contains Rifampicin, every effort should be made to give each dose under observation. Wherever this is not possible patients will be advised to attend the chest clinic once a week and the first dose will be given under direct observation and the remaining six doses will be supplied for self-administration at home. The DTCO will make arrangements for supervisory visits to check drug intake (including pill counts). • All Re-treatment cases Directly Observed treatment should be given throughout the entire period of treatment daily, both in the intensive and continuation phase of treatment. Admission to hospital is recommended whenever possible. 29
    • DOT Providers –The following categories will provide Direct Observation of Treatment. • Health workers at state health care facilities • Field health care workers • General practitioners • Trained volunteers • Community leadersTrained community volunteers or community leaders need regular support, motivationand supervision by the NTP staff to ensure that quality is maintained.Provision of drugs for the DOT Centres -Drugs for each patient will be delivered to the DOT centres from the District Chest Clinicby the PHI or any other staff assigned by the DTCO.Interruption of treatment (default)Directly Observed Treatment adapted to the needs of the patient is the best method ofavoiding treatment interruption. However, even with directly observed treatment andduring the continuation phase of treatment, which may be self-administered, there may betreatment interruption.Measures to minimize treatment interruptionAt the time of registration of a TB patient, the staff must educate the patient and thefamily regarding the duration of treatment and the importance of adherence to treatment.It is vital to record the patient’s address and other relevant addresses e.g. parents or workplace etc. in order to help locate the patients who interrupt treatment. As far as possible,the address should be verified at the beginning of treatment.Management of patients who interrupt treatmentIt is important to take action on defaulters immediately. Patients should be contacted theday after missing a dose during the intensive phase and as soon as possible during thecontinuation phase. It is important to find out the reason for the patient’s absence in orderto take appropriate action and continue treatment. 30
    • Table 3 Actions in interruption of TB treatment Interruption for less than 1 month • Trace patient • Solve the cause of interruption • Continue treatment and prolong it to compensate for missed doses Interruption for 1-2 months Action 1 Action 2 • Trace the patient If smears negative Continue treatment and prolong it to Solve the cause of or EPTB compensate for missed doses interruption • Do 3 sputum smears. If one or more Treatment Continue treatment and Continue treatment smears positive received: prolong it to compensate while waiting do culture & for ABST < 5 months missed doses > 5 months Category 1: Start Cat 2 Category 2: refer for advice (may evolve to Chronic) Interruption for 2 months or more (defaulter) Action 1 Action 2 • Do 3 sputum smears Negative smears Clinical decision on individual basis Solve the cause of or EPTB whether to restart or continue treatment, interruption, if possible or no further treatment No treatment while waiting for results One or more If on Category 1 Start Category 2 • Send culture & ABST smears positive If on Category2 Refer for advice (may evolve to Chronic) 31
    • 5 ESSENTIAL (FIRST LINE) ANTI-TB DRUGSIsoniazid (INAH)Isoniazid is highly bactericidal against replicating tubercle bacilli. It is rapidly absorbedand diffuses readily into all fluids and tissues. The plasma half-life, which is geneticallydetermined, varies from less than one hour in fast acetylators to more than three hours inslow acetylators. It is largely excreted in the urine within 24 hours, mostly as inactivemetabolites.Uses • Isoniazid is a component of all TB chemotherapeutic regimens currently recommended by WHO. • Isoniazid alone is occasionally used in chemoprophylaxisAdministrationIsoniazid is normally given orally.DosagesFor treatment-Adults and children: 5mg/kg (4-6mg/kg) daily, maximum 300mg. 10 mg/kg 3 times weeklyPreventive therapy:Adults: 300mg daily for at least 6 monthsChildren: 5mg/kg daily (maximum 300mg) for at least 6 monthsSide-effectsIsoniazid is generally well tolerated at recommended doses.• Systemic or cutaneous hypersensitivity reactions occasionally occur during the first weeks of treatment.• Peripheral neuropathy may occur in persons with malnutrition, chronic alcoholics, and pregnant women or in diabetics. This can be prevented or minimized by giving, supplementary pyridoxine 10 mg daily to those at risk.• Other less common forms of neurological disturbances including optic neuritis, toxic psychosis, and generalized convulsions can develop in susceptible individuals, 32
    • particularly in the later stages of treatment, which occasionally may necessitate withdrawal of Isoniazid.• Hepatitis is an uncommon but potentially serious reaction that can usually be averted by prompt withdrawal of the treatment. Monitoring of hepatic transaminases should be done in patients with pre-existing chronic liver disease.• Isoniazid tends to raise plasma concentrations of phenytoin and carbamazapine by inhibiting their metabolism in the liver. Therefore it may be necessary to reduce the dosages of these drugs during treatment with Isoniazid.• Patients on treatment with Isoniazid should be cautioned against eating ‘Red fish’ such as skipjack and tuna, which contain high concentrations of histamine. Isoniazid is an inhibitor of histaminase, which is normally present in the tissues and is responsible for the inactivation of ingested histamine. As a result, the histamine level in the tissues of the patient tends to rise shortly after a meal containing these varieties of fish, and the patient may experience symptoms of histamine intoxication like erythema, severe headache, red eyes, palpitation, diarrohoea, vomiting and wheezing.Isoniazid is not teratogenic and can be used during pregnancy.RifampicinRifampicin has a potent bactericidal and sterilizing effect against tubercle bacilli in bothcellular and extra-cellular locations. Following oral administration, it is rapidly absorbedand distributed throughout the cellular tissues and body fluids.Since resistance develops rapidly, Rifampicin must always be administered incombination with other effective anti-mycobacterial agents.UsesIt is a component of all 6 months and 8 months TB chemotherapeutic regimens currentlyrecommended by WHO.Administration and dosage:Rifampicin is administered orally and should preferably be given at least 30 minutesbefore meals, since absorption is reduced when it is taken with food.This however may not be clinically significant and food can reduce intolerance to thedrugs. 33
    • Adults and children: 10 mg/kg (8-12 mg/kg) daily, maximum 600mg daily. 10mg/kg 3 times weeklySide-effectsRifampicin is well tolerated by most patients at currently recommended dosesSide-effects include:• Gastro-intestinal - nausea, anorexia, vomiting and abdominal pain• Hepatitis is a major side effect although it is rare. Alcoholics and pre existing liver disease may increase the risk and it may be advisable to monitor the liver function tests in these high-risk groups.The following reactions are more likely to occur with intermittent therapy: • ‘Flu’ syndrome - consisting of attacks of fever, chills, malaise headache, bone pain • Cutaneous reaction – consisting of flushing, and pruritus with or without a rash • *Thrombocytopenia and purpura • *Heamolytic aneamia and acute renal failure may occur • *Respiratory shock syndrome consisting of shortness of breath and rarely associated with collapse and shock. may occur* If these reactions occur Rifampicin must be stopped immediately and admitted to hospital for management. It should not be given again.Drug interactionsRifampicin induces hepatic enzymes and may accelerate clearance of drugs metabolizedby the liver, and patients may need higher dosages of these drugs. These includecorticosteroids, oral contraceptives, oral hypoglyceamic agents, oral anticoagualants,anticonvulsants, and cimetidine, cyclosporin and digitalis glycosides.Since Rifampicin reduces the effectiveness of oral contraceptives, women should beadvised to use an alternative method of contraception.Rifampicin is excreted in urine, tears, sweat and other body fluids and may colour themred or orange. Patients should be warned of discoloration of urine and other body fluids.Rifampicin may be used safely in pregnancy. Vitamin K should be administered at birthto an infant of a mother taking Rifampicin because of the risk of postnatal haemorrhage. 34
    • PyrazinamidePyrazinamide is bactericidal and particularly effective against bacilli in an acidenvironment inside macrophages. It is highly effective during the first two months oftreatment by destroying the intracellular bacilli and reduces the risk of relapse.Uses:It is a component of all 6 month and 8 month TB chemotherapeutic regimens currentlyrecommended by WHO.Administration and dosage:It is administered orally and is rapidly absorbed from the gastro-intestinal tract andrapidly distributed throughout all tissues and fluids.Adults and children: (for the first 2 or 3 months) 25mg/kg daily (20-30 mg/kg) 35 mg/kg (30-40mg/kg) 3 times weeklySide-effects • Gastro intestinal symptoms- nausea, anorexia • Hypersensitivity reactions are rare, but some patients may complain of flushing of the skin • Hepatitis is the most important adverse effect, though it is rare. • Hyperuriceamia may occur due to diminished excretion of uric acid in urine, but this is often asymptomatic. Arthralgia may occur and treatment with simple analgesics is often sufficient. Attacks of acute gout are uncommon.EthambutolEthambutol has a bacteriostatic effect. It is used in combination with other ant-TB drugsto prevent the emergence of drug resistant strains.It is given orally and absorbed readily from the gastro intestinal tract.Administration and dosage:Ethambutol is given orallyAdults: 15mg/kg (15-20 mg/kg) daily 30mg/kg (25-35mg/kg) 3 times weekly.Children: Maximum 15mg/kg daily 35
    • Ethambutol is not recommended in children who are too young for assessment of visualacuity and red- green colour discrimination (generally under 6 years of age).Side-effectsDose dependant optic neuritis is the most important side effect and can result inimpairment of visual acuity and colour vision. Early changes are usually reversible, butblindness can occur if treatment is not discontinued promptly. Therefore patients shouldbe advised to report immediately to a clinician if their vision deteriorates.StreptomycinStreptomycin is bactericidal in action. It is not absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract andmust be given by intra-muscular injectionStreptomycin is excreted entirely through the kidneys and therefore drug should be usedin reduced dosage and with extreme caution in patients with renal insufficiency and in theelderly.Administration and dosage:Streptomycin must be administered by deep intra-muscular injection. Syringes andneedles should be sterilized properly. Whenever possible use disposable syringes andneedles.Adults and children: 15mg/kg (12-18mg/kg) daily or 3 times weekly.Patients over the age of 60 years may not be able to tolerate more than 500mg daily.Side-effects • Hypersensitivity reactions are rare. If they do occur (usually during the first few weeks of treatment), streptomycin should be withdrawn immediately. Once fever and skin rash have resolved, desensitization may be attempted. • Auditory nerve damage can occur resulting in deafness and is more common in elderly and in patients with renal impairment. • Vestibular damage is uncommon, with the recommended doses, but if headache, vomiting, vertigo, dizziness and nystagmus occur, doses should be reduced. • Nephrotoxicity can occurStreptomycin should not be used in pregnancy. It crosses the placenta and can causeauditory nerve impairment and nephrotoxicity in the foetus. 36
    • Fixed Dose Combination (FDC) tabletsTablets containing a combination of four drugs (RHZE), three drugs (RHE) and twodrugs (RH) will be used in identified districts in Sri- Lanka from 2005.Table 4 Number of tablets of FDC used in CAT 1 and CAT 2 Weight (Kg) <35 35-54 55-70 >70Category Duration of treatment CATEGORY 1Intensive phase-dailyRHZE (tab) 2 3 4 5 2 months150+75+400+275mgContinuation phase-dailyRH (tab) 2 3 4 5 4 months150+75 CATEGORY 2Intensive phase-dailyRHZE (tab) 2 3 4 5150+75+400+275mg 2 months&Streptomycin 0.5g 0.75g 1g 1gRHZE (tab) 2 3 4 5 1 month150+75+400+275mgContinuation phase-dailyRHE (tab) 2 3 4 5 5 months150+75+275mg*Patients over 60 years, the dose of streptomycin 0.5g, irrespective of the weight 37
    • Management of Side-effects of First-line Anti-TB drugsSide-effects of anti-tuberculosis drugs are of two types.Major side-effects are those, which causes serious health hazards. In this case, the anti-tuberculosis drugs should be stopped and the patient referred to hospital for management.Minor side-effects cause only relatively little discomfort. They often respond tosymptomatic treatment. In general, a patient who develops minor side-effects shouldcontinue the anti-TB treatment.Table 5 Adverse effects of first-line anti-TB drugs Drug Common side-effects Rare side-effectsIsoniazid • Peripheral neuropathy Convulsions, pellagra. • Hepatitis Joint pains, • Histamine Reaction after Agranulocytosis, lupoid ingestion of red fish e.g., bala, reaction, skin rash kelawallaRifampicin • Gastro-intestinal-nausea, Acute renal failure, shock, anorexia, abdominal pain thrombocytopenia, skin rash, • Hepatitis ‘Flu syndrome’ (with • Reduced effect of oral intermittent doses) pseudo contraceptives, antiepileptic membranous colitis, pseudo drugs, oral hypoglyceamic adrenal crisis. drugs and theophyllinesPyrazinamide • Joint pains Gastrointestinal symptoms, skin • Hepatitis rashes, sideroblastic aneamia.Streptomycin • Auditory and vestibular Skin rash damage (also to the foetus) • Renal damageEthambutol • Optic neuritis Skin rash, joint pains, peripheral neuropathy. 38
    • Table 6 Symptom based management of side-effects of Anti-TB drugsSide-effects Drug(s) responsible ManagementMINOR CONTINUE DRUGS1.Anorexia, nausea, Rifampicin or bulk of Give drugs with small abdominal pain the drugs meals or last thing at night2.Joint pain Pyrazinamide Give Asprin/NSAIDs3.Burning sensation in feet Isoniazid Pyridoxine 100 mg daily4.Orange/red urine Rifampicin Reassurance5.Histamine reaction Isoniazid Advice not to eat ‘Red ‘ fishMAJOR STOP DRUGS RESPONSIBLE REFER FOR EVALUATION1. Itching of skin, skin rash Streptomycin Stop anti-TB drugs (See page 40)2. Deafness Streptomycin Stop Streptomycin3. Dizziness, vertigo, Streptomycin Stop Streptomycin nystagmus4. Jaundice (other causes Most anti-TB drugs Stop anti-TB drugs excluded) especially INAH, (see page 39) Rifampicin and Pyrazinamide5. Vomiting and confusion Most anti-TB drugs Stop anti-TB drugs6. Visual impairment Ethambutol Stop Ethambutol7. Shock, purpura, acute renal Rifampicin Stop Rifampicin failure, haemolytic anaemia (Never give again) 39
    • Management of severe drug reactionsHepatitis • Most anti-TB drugs can damage the liver. Isoniazid, pyrazinamide and rifampicin are the drugs most commonly responsible and ethambutol rarely. • When a patient develops hepatitis during anti-TB treatment, it is important to rule out other possible causes of hepatitis before deciding that the hepatitis is drug- induced. • Mild transient increases in serum transaminases may occur during the initial treatment. This rise is not more than 2-3 folds of the normal. This subsequently falls to normal despite continuation of anti-TB drugs. This is not an indication to stop anti-TB drugs provided serum bilirubin level remains normal. • Ideally, pre-treatment base-line Liver Function Tests (LFTs) should be done in all patients. Since this may not be practical, it should be done at least on those who are at a higher risk of developing drug-induced hepatitis e.g. known chronic alcoholics, pre-existing liver disease, pregnant mothers and the elderly. • Liver function tests should be performed when patient is having symptoms & signs suggestive of hepatitis. i.e. nausea, vomiting with or without icterus or hepatomegaly. • If drug-induced hepatitis is diagnosed, all anti-TB drugs should be stopped and patient may need admission to hospital. • Repeat the Liver Function Tests after 1-2 weeks. • Sometimes tuberculous disease is so severe that all anti TB drugs cannot be withdrawn. In such situations, patient should be treated with two of the least hepatotoxic drugs streptomycin and ethambutol (provided the patient is not allergic to the latter two drugs) until the LFTs come back to normal. • Once LFTs return to normal, challenge doses of original drugs can be reintroduced sequentially in the order of isoniazid, rifampicin and pyrazinamide with daily monitoring of the patient’s clinical condition and at least weekly monitoring of LFTs. If symptoms recur early, LFTs should be repeated before one week. Isoniazid should be introduced initially at 50 mg/day increasing sequentially to 300 mg/day after 2-3 days if no reaction occurs, and then continued. After a further 2-3 days without reaction, rifampicin should be added at 40
    • a dose of 75 mg/day increasing sequentially to full dose after 2-3 days and then continued. The final drug to add is pyrazinamide starting with a dose of 250mg/day increasing to the full dose after 2-3 days. • If there is no further reaction, standard chemotherapy can be continued, and any alternative drugs introduced temporarily can then be withdrawn. • During this procedure if the patient complains of a recurrence of symptoms suggestive of hepatitis, LFTs should be repeated, and if found abnormal the drug added last should be withdrawn and attempts should not be made to reintroduce it. A suitable alternative drug regimen should be used on the advice of and under the supervision of a chest physician e.g. 2 SHE / 10 HE, 2 HRE / 7 HR, 2 H3R3Z3E3 / 4 H3R3. • Generally, all previously used first-line anti TB drugs can be recommenced on most patients who develop anti-TB drug induced hepatitis, without a recurrence of the liver impairment. N.B. Ideally it is better to get advice from a chest physician for the management of drug induced hepatitis Table 7 Re introduction of anti- TB drugs following drug induced hepatitis after LFTs return to normal Isoniazid 50mg, increase to full dose over 2-3 days and continue at full dose for another 2-3 days No symptoms LFTs normal Rifampicin 75mg, increase to full dose over 2-3 days and continue at full dose for another 2-3 days No symptoms LFTs normalPyrazinamide 250mg, increase to full dose over 2-3 days and continue at full dose for another 2-3 days 41
    • Severe cutaneous reactions • If the reaction is only pruritus and no rash, (and there is no obvious cause e.g. scabies) give symptomatic treatment with anti-histamines, reassure and continue anti-TB treatment and observe the patient closely. • However, if a skin rash develops, stop all anti-TB drugs. • Wait till the rash resolves. Sometimes the patient may need steroids. • Once the reaction has resolved, the anti-TB drugs should be re-introduced. The drug, which was responsible for the reaction, should be identified. • The idea of drug challenging is to identify the drug responsible for the reaction. Drug challenge starts with the anti-TB drug least likely to be responsible for the reaction (i.e. isoniazid). The idea of starting with a small challenge dose (e.g. 50 mg of isoniazid) is that if a reaction occurs to a small challenge dose, it will be less severe than the reaction to a full dose. The dose is gradually increased to the full dose over a period of three days. The procedure is repeated, adding in one drug at a time. A reaction after adding in a particular drug identifies that drug as the one responsible for the reaction. There is no evidence that this challenge process gives rise to drug resistance. • If the drug responsible for the reaction is pyrazinamide, ethambutol or streptomycin, anti-TB treatment should be resumed without the offending drug. If possible, the offending drug should be replaced with another drug. It may be necessary to extend the duration of the treatment regimen. This prolongs the total time of TB treatment, but decreases the risk of relapse. • Rarely, the patients develop hypersensitivity reactions to the two most powerful anti-TB drugs- isoniazid and rifampicin. These drugs form the cornerstone of Short Course Chemotherapy. 42
    • Table 8 Re introduction of anti-TB drugs following sever cutaneous drug reaction Likelihood of Challenge doses causing a reaction Drug Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Isoniazid Least Likely 50 mg 300 mg 300mg Rifampicin 75 mg 300 mg Full dose Pyrazinamide 250 mg 1 gm Full dose Ethambutol 100 mg 500 mg Full dose Streptomycin Most Likely 125 mg 500 mg Full doseAdverse reactions to FDCsAdverse reactions to drugs are not more common if FDCs are used. Nevertheless,whenever side-effects to one or more components in a FDC are suspected, there will be aneed to switch to single-drug formulations. Reactions to FDCs which warrant withdrawalof drugs generally occur in only 3-6% of patients on TB treatment.Role of steroidsIndications for treatment with steroids: • TB meningitis with altered level of consciousness and focal neurological signs • TB pericarditis • TB pleural effusion- when large and with severe symptoms and not responding satisfactorily with anti-TB drugs alone. • TB peritonitis • Hypo-adrenalism • TB laryngitis (with life threatening airway obstruction) • Severe hypersensitivity reactions to anti-TB drugs • Renal tract TB (to prevent ureteric scarring) • Massive lymph gland enlargement with pressure effects • Spinal TB with neurological involvement (e.g. paraplegia). 43
    • 6 MONITORING OF TREATMENTMonitoring of treatmentThere are two ways to monitor tuberculosis patients on treatment. • Bacteriological monitoring is done for sputum smear positive pulmonary TB cases by examination of sputum smears at regular intervals during treatment. • Monitoring the drug intake during intensive phase and drug collection during the continuation phase by reviewing the treatment cards.Monitoring of sputum smear-positive pulmonary TB patientsResponse to treatment should be monitored by sputum smear examination. Generally twosputum samples should be collected for smear examination at each follow up sputumcheck.Sputum smear examinations should be performed at the end of the intensive phase oftreatment, during the fifth month and at the end of treatment. Negative sputum smearsindicate good treatment progress.The best way to monitor the sputum smear-positive patients is to check for sputumconversion from smear positive to negative. Conversion from smear positive to negativeis the best indicator that the intensive phase of chemotherapy has been regular and iseffective.After two months of chemotherapy, more than 80% of new smear positive PTB casesshould be smear negative and after 3 months, the rate should be more than 90%.Pulmonary smear positive relapse cases should have approximately the same rates ofsputum conversion as new pulmonary smear positive cases. Other smear positive re-treatment cases such as treatment failures may have sputum conversion rates of more than75% after three months of receiving the re-treatment regimenSputum smears are again checked at the end of the 5th month and at the end of treatment.In a new smear-positive PTB case if the sputum smear is positive at the end of 5 monthsor later, these cases are considered as treatment failures, re-registered and given CAT 2regimen 44
    • Sputum smear-negative PTB patientsSputum smear negative patients should be monitored clinically. It is important to checkthe sputum smear at the end of two months. If the sputum is positive, there are twopossibilities: - An error at the time of initial diagnosis- i.e., a true smear positive patient incorrectly diagnosed as smear negative at the beginning of treatment - Progress of the disease due to non- adherence to treatmentIn such a situation the intensive phase with all four drugs should be continued for afurther one month under direct observation.Extrapulmonary TB patientsThese patients are monitored by assessing the clinical response to treatment.Table 9 Schedule for follow up sputum examination Category of patients When to do sputum smear CAT 1 (smear-positive PTB) • End of the 2nd month (End of the3rd month if smear- positive at the end of the 2nd month) • End of the 5th month • End of treatment CAT 1 (smear-negative PTB) • End of the 2nd month • End of treatment CAT 2 • End of the 3rd month Relapse (End of the 4th month if smear-positive Treatment after failure at the end of the 3rd month) Treatment after default • End of the 5th month (smear-positive) • End of treatment 45
    • Treatment OutcomeAt the end of treatment course for each patient, the treatment outcome is recorded in theDistrict Tuberculosis Register.There are six possible treatment outcomes. 1. Cured A patient who was initially sputum smear-positive and has completed treatment and is sputum smear-negative in the last month of treatment and on at least one previous occasion. 2. Treatment completed A smear-positive patient who has completed treatment, but who does not meet the criteria to be classified as cure or failure (e.g. follow up sputum examination not done or results not available). OR A smear-negative PTB or Extrapulmonary TB Patient who has completed treatment. 3. Treatment Failure A patient who is sputum smear-positive at 5 months or later during treatment 4. Died A patient who dies for any reason during the course of treatment. 5. Default Patient whose treatment was interrupted for two consecutive months or more before the completion of treatment. 6. Transfer out Patient who has been transferred to another district for continuation of treatment and whose treatment outcome is not known at the initial treatment unit 46
    • 7 TUBERCULOSIS AND HIVThe Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) destroys the immune system of an individualand increases his susceptibility to many infections including TB.HIV is the most potent factor known to increase the risk of progression of latenttuberculous infection to tuberculous disease. In a HIV negative patient who is infectedwith M. tuberculosis, the lifetime risk of developing tuberculosis is only 10%, whereas inperson dually infected with TB and HIV, it is 50%Tuberculosis is the most important life threatening opportunistic infection associated withHIV infection. It is the leading cause of death among people who are HIV positive andaccounts for more than one third of AIDS deaths worldwide.Features of HIV related TBTB usually occurs earlier in the course of HIV infection than other opportunisticinfections seen in HIV, but it may occur at any stage of HIV infection as a result of rapidprogression of a recently acquired new or re-infection. As a result of TB infection in aHIV infected person there is a transient drop in CD4 count and progression of the HIVinfection.As HIV infection progresses the CD4 lymphocyte count declines and the immune systemis less efficient in preventing the growth and spread of M. tuberculosis, As a result,disseminated and extrapulmonary disease is more common in HIV positive patients thanin HIV negative patients. Nevertheless, pulmonary TB is still the most common form ofTB seen, in HIV infected patients, with or without concomitant extrapulmonary TB.Pulmonary TBThe presentation of pulmonary TB in HIV infected individuals depends on the stage ofthe degree of immunosuppression. The clinical picture, sputum result, and chest X-rayappearance often differ in early and late HIV infection. (Table 9)DiagnosisThe diagnosis of TB in HIV infected patients is often difficult because: 47
    • - The sputum smear examinations tend to be more frequently negative, particularly in the late stages of HIV infection - X-ray abnormalities are often atypical - The Tuberculin skin test is often negative due to immunosuppression.Table 10 How PTB differs in early and late HIV infectionFeatures of PTB Stages of HIV infection Early LateClinical picture Often resembles post primary Often resembles primary PTB TBSputum smear result Often positive Often negativeChest X-ray - Often cavities - Often infiltrates, - Lymphadenopathy usually - No cavities absent - Lymphadenopathy and - Pleural effusions rare pleural effusions often presentTreatment of HIV associated TB • Generally anti-TB treatment in HIV positive patients is the same as for HIV negative TB patients. • It is important that these patients should receive Directly Observed Treatment. (DOT). Effective treatment using DOTS can cure TB, prevent the spread of the disease and prolong the life of HIV patients. • Adverse reactions to anti-TB drugs are more common in HIV positive patients. • The rate of recurrence of TB after completion of treatment is higher in HIV positive patients than in HIV negative TB patients. For patients known to have HIV co-infection, secondary prophylaxis with isoniazid 300mg daily may be given for 9 months after cessation of anti-TB treatment. • The Case Fatality Rate is higher in HIV +ve TB patients than in HIV –ve TB patients. The excess deaths in TB/HIV patients are partly due to the tuberculosis itself and partly due to other HIV related problems. 48
    • Primary prophylaxisHIV positive patients with a positive Mantoux test above 5 mm should be screened foractive TB. If there is no active disease they should be given INAH prophylaxis for 9months.Screening of TB patients for HIVTB patients in the high-risk group (IV drug users, commercial sex workers, homosexuals,people having multiple sexual partners, institutionalized individuals) need VoluntaryCounseling and Testing (VCT). Patients with atypical presentations and disseminated TBalso need VCT.TB treatment and anti-retroviral therapyRifampicin stimulates the activity of cytochrome P450 that metabolizes proteaseinhibitors (PIs e.g. saquinavir, ritonavir, indinavir, nelfinavir, amprenavir) andnonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs, e.g. nevirapine, delavirdine). PIsand NNRTIs also enhance or inhibit the same enzyme system and this may result indecreased blood levels of rifampicin and the anti-retrovirals resulting in ineffectiveness ofboth.In patients with HIV and TB, the priority is to treat TB, especially the smear positive TBpatients.Possible options for antiretroviral therapy in TB patients include: • Defer antiretroviral therapy until TB treatment is completed • Defer antiretrovirals until the end of intensive phase and use ethambutol and isoniazid for 6 months in the continuation phase • Treat TB with a rifampicin containing regimen and use efavirenz + 2 nucleoside reverse transriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). • Treat TB with rifampicin containing regimen and use 2 NRTIs; then change to maximally suppressive highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) regimen on completion of TB treatment. 49
    • 8 PREGNANCY AND TUBERCULOSISDiagnosisIn pregnancy, chest X-rays should be avoided as far as possible, especially during the firsttrimester, because of the adverse effects of x-rays on the foetus.Therefore, diagnosis will depend more on sputum examination when a pregnant motherpresents with symptoms suggestive of tuberculosis. However, if an X-ray is absolutelynecessary, this may be done with the abdomen covered with a lead apron.Treatment during PregnancyAnti-TB treatment should be started as soon as the diagnosis is made, and the full courseof treatment given.The basic principles of treatment are the same in pregnancy. Most anti-TB drugs are safefor use during pregnancy except streptomycin.Streptomycin should not be given because it can cause oto-toxicity in the foetus.Pregnant mothers should be given pyridoxine 10mg daily along with INAH.Vitamin K should be administered at birth to the infant of a mother taking rifampicinbecause of the risk of post-natal haemorrhage.Treatment during breast-feedingA patient who has TB and is breast-feeding should receive the full course of anti-TBtreatment. Properly taken treatment is the best way of preventing transmission of TB toher baby. All anti-TB drugs are compatible with breast-feeding. A patient taking anti-TBtreatment can continue to breastfeed her baby in the normal way.Breastfeeding should be avoided only in cases where the mother has dual TB/HIVinfection.Management of a newborn child of a mother with active TB • Do not separate the child from the mother unless she is acutely ill. • If the mother is sputum smear negative, and if the infant has no evidence of congenital TB, BCG is given to the infant. 50
    • • If the mother is sputum smear-positive at the time of delivery, infant should be carefully examined for evidence of active disease. - If the infant is ill at birth and congenital TB is suspected, a full course of anti-TB treatment should be given. - If the child is well, give prophylactic treatment with INAH 5mg/ kg body weight, daily for three months. BCG is withheld.• The Mantoux skin test is done after three months. - If the Mantoux test is negative and the child is well, prophylactic treatment with INAH is stopped and child is given BCG. - If the Mantoux test is positive, careful examination of the child for active TB is done including a chest X-ray. - If active disease is diagnosed, a full course of anti-TB treatment should be commenced. - If the physical examination and the chest X-ray are normal, INAH chemoprophylaxis is continued up to six months and BCG is given. 51
    • 9 ROLE OF BCG VACCINATIONBCG (Bacillus Calmette Guerin) is a live attenuated vaccine derived from M. bovis. It is afreeze-dried vaccine. It can be stored at room temperature up to one month and in arefrigerator at 4°C up to one year.It is easily killed by direct sunlight. Once reconstituted, it should be used within fourhours and any remaining solution should be discarded.Dose- 0.05 ml of vaccine is administered to newborn infants aged less than one yearand 0.1 ml for children aged over one year. It should be administered intradermally tothe upper lateral aspect of the left arm.The National Policy of Sri Lanka is to give BCG vaccination to all newborn babiesimmediately after birth. BCG vaccination is carried out under the Expanded Programmeof Immunisation (EPI)BCG protects the young children against serious disseminated forms of TB, like TBmeningitis and military TB.It does not decrease the spread of TB in the communityComplications of BCG vaccinationComplications after BCG vaccination are uncommon. It includes the following: • Subcutaneous abscess at the site of injection due to secondary infection • Ulceration at the site of injection • Swelling with or without abscess formation of the regional lymph glands(BCG adenitis) • Disseminated TB (which is extremely rare and occurs only in severely immunosuppressed patients).Some of the complications are due to faulty immunization technique.Most complications resolve on their own. In the case of suppurative lymphadenitis orprogressive adenitis surgical removal of affected nodes may be required. INAH may begiven for 3- 6-months for non healing ulcers or sinuses. 52
    • Contraindications for BCG vaccinationContraindications for vaccination are extremely uncommon. The only two knownconditions where children should not be vaccinated are: • Congenital or acquired immunodeficiency • Children with clinical signs of AIDSBCG should be withheld in the presence of skin sepsis, and systemic infections until theseconditions resolve.If the mother is sputum smear positive at the time of delivery, the baby is commenced onchemoprophylaxis and BCG administered at the end of the period of chemoprophylaxis.(Refer page 49- 50).BCG in HIV positive infantsThe WHO recommended policy is to give BCG vaccination to HIV positive babies whodo not have any evidence of HIV disease. But it should not be given to children withsymptoms of HIV/AIDS.Absent BCG scarThis is a common occurrence. If the mother is certain that there was no reaction to BCGvaccination, or if there is no BCG scar, revaccination may be done. In children under 5years revaccination may be done without Mantoux test. 53
    • 10 PREVENTION OF TUBERCULOSISFrom the public health point of view, the best way to prevent TB is to identify theinfectious cases as early as possible and provide effective treatment to cure them. Thisinterrupts the chain of transmission.BCG vaccinationThis protects young children against serious disseminated forms of TB, but does not havean impact on the spread of the disease in the community, and does not protect the childfrom developing post-primary tuberculosis in later life.Contact screeningHousehold contacts of infectious TB patients (adults and children >5 years) should bescreened for symptoms of TB. Those who have symptoms suggestive of TB should beinvestigated with sputum smears irrespective of the duration of the symptoms.Children under the age of 5 years should be screened with chest X-ray and Mantoux test.Preventive treatmentThe aim of preventive treatment is to prevent progression of M. tuberculosis infection todisease.Primary chemoprophylaxisWhen a person is exposed to TB bacilli, but not yet infected eg. newborn breastfed babyof a sputum smear-positive motherSecondary chemoprophylaxisA person who is infected, but not yet developed clinical disease e.g. tuberculin positiveclose contacts of sputum smear-positive patients.In Sri Lanka, chemoprophylaxis is given for the following groups: • Breast fed infants of sputum smear-positive mothers. • Household contacts below 5 years of age of sputum smear-positive patients, who do not have evidence of active disease.Prophylactic treatment in Sri Lanka is – INAH 5mg/ kg body weight for 6 months. 54
    • Health EducationHealth education is a critical component of tuberculosis control. The target groups, whichneed to be addressed, are the patients and their families, health personnel, and thecommunity.The health staff should educate the patients and their families regarding the disease, howit is spread, and the duration of treatment. It must be emphasized that TB is curable if thetreatment is taken fully and to stress the importance of directly observed treatment.Patients should be made aware of the risks of irregular and incomplete treatment. Healthworkers should also teach them simple ways of decreasing the risk of transmitting thedisease, like covering the mouth with the hand when coughing and to use a sputum potwith a lid and disposing of the sputum by burning.The general public should be educated regarding the disease and the symptoms and theimportance of seeking medical advice early if they have any symptoms suggestive of TB.They should be made aware of the locations and the facilities available for themanagement of TB. Also, education should be aimed at removing the social stigmaattached to TB, so that symptomatic patients will seek treatment early.Health personnel should also be made aware of the importance of identifying TB suspectsearly and referring them for investigation. 55
    • 11 MULTI DRUG RESISTANT TB (MDR-TB)Drug resistance means that certain strains or types of bacteria are not killed by the anti-tuberculosis drugs given during treatment. Some strains may be resistant to one or moredrugs. Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) refers to tuberculosis, which isresistant to INAH and Rifampicin, the two most powerful anti-tuberculosis drugs. Thediagnosis of MDR-TB should be confirmed by drug susceptibility testing.There are two types of drug resistance:Drug resistance among previously treated cases (Acquired resistance) is that found ina patient who has previously received at least one month of anti-TB therapy. Thisresistance develops as a result of inadequate treatment. Use of a single drug (directly orindirectly) is the most important cause. This is because some bacilli are naturally resastantto anti-TB drugs. If a single drug is used to treat a patient who is infected with a largenumber of TB bacilli, only those which are sensitive to that drug, are killed allowing theresistant bacilli to multiply. This is the reason for using several drugs during the initialintensive phase of treatment, until the number of bacilli has been greatly reduced.Drug resistance among new cases (Primary resistance) is the presence of resistantstrains of M. tuberculosis in a newly diagnosed TB patient who has never received TBdrugs or has received the drugs for less than one month of treatment.MDR-TB is entirely a man made phenomenon and is an indicator of poor management ofTB patients by the entire health system.Common causes of MDR-TB are:Service factors • Prescribing incorrect chemotherapy (wrong combination of drugs, dosages and duration) • Failure to ensure a regular and uninterrupted drug supply • Poor case management – incomplete and irregular treatment, where patients are not directly observed taking their drugs • Use of drugs of unproven bioavailability. • Adding one new drug at a time to a failing (or failed) anti-TB drug regimen 56
    • • Prescribing CAT 1 regimen to a patient who needs CAT 2 regimen. • Not referring TB patients to the state health sector for treatment and patients being forced to purchase drugs which they cannot afford.Patient factors • Not taking the full prescribed number of drugs • Taking lesser than the prescribed dose • Taking drugs irregularlyMDR-TB is a significant threat to tuberculosis control, because: • Commonly used first-line anti-tuberculosis drugs are no longer effective • MDR-TB is more difficult to treat and it requires treatment with ‘Reserve’ or Second-line anti-tuberculosis drugs for at least two years. • These drugs are very toxic to the patients and have severe adverse reactions • The reserve drugs are at least 100 times more expensive than the standard First- line drugs • The results of treatment are poor and the mortality rate is high. • Reserve second-line drugs are not as potent as the first-line drugs, though they have more side-effects than the first-line drugs.When to suspect MDR-TB?Chronic cases and MDR-TB are not synonymous. Chronic patients probably have MDR-TB because they have received at least two full courses of treatment with essential anti-tuberculosis drugs. However, MDR-TB has to be confirmed with mycobacterialsusceptibility results.MDR TB should be suspected in the following groups of patients: • Treatment failures • Defaulters • Contacts of known MDR-TB patients • Health care workers • HIV infected persons 57
    • Management of MDR-TBThe best way to control MDR-TB is to prevent the development of MDR-TB. Strictadherence to first line treatment is imperative in the prevention of development of drugresistance.Effective implementation of DOTS is the only proven way to prevent emergence ofMDR-TB.Basic Principles of management of MDR-TB • Forming a specialized unit for managing MDR-TB patients. • Assuring the availability of specific laboratory services [including reliable drug-susceptibility testing at least for essential drugs]. • Designing an appropriate treatment strategy that utilizes reserve anti-TB drugs. • Establishing a reliable supply of high-quality reserve anti-TB drugs. • Instituting measures to promote patient adherence to treatment. • Implementing an information system to allow proper management of data, monitoring of performance, and evaluation of intervention. • Establishing strong pharmaceutical regulations to limit the use of second line reserve drugs in order to prevent the emergence of incurable tuberculosis.Principles of Treatment of MDR-TB • The treatment should include in the initial phase three drugs to which the patient has not been exposed to earlier. This should include an injectable drug (Aminoglycoside) and a fluoroquinolone. • Treatment should be given daily and directly observed throughout the whole duration. • Sputum culture and drug susceptibility should be done at least once in 2 months. • Once the culture is negative continue at least 3 of the most active and best- tolerated drugs for a further 18 – 24 months. • In case of localized disease a better prognosis could be achieved by surgery. 58
    • • Never add a single drug to a failing regime.Reserve anti-tuberculosis drugsAminoglycosides • Kanamycin • Amikacin • CapreomycinThiomides • Ethionamide • ProthionamideFluoroquinolone • Ofloxacin • CiprofloxacinCycloserineP-aminosaycilic acidTable 11 Dosages and mode of action of reserve anti-tuberculosis drugsReserve drug Mode of Recommended daily dosage(abbreviation) action Average Minimum Maximum (mg/kg) (mg ) (mg)Amikacin (Am) Bactericidal 15 750 1000Capreomycin Bactericidal 15 750 1000(Cm)Ciprofloxacin Bactericidal 10-20 1000 1500(Cx)Cycloserine (Cs) Bacteriostatic 10-20 500 750Ethionamide (Et) Bactericidal 10-20 500 750Kanamycin Bactericidal 15 750 1000(Km)Ofloxacin (O) Bactericidal 7.5-15 600 800P-aminosalycilic Bacteriostatic 150 8g 12 gAcid (PAS)Prothionamide Bactericidal 10-20 500 750(Pt) 59
    • Table 12 Suggested treatment regimen for MDR-TB (WHO) Susceptibility Initial phase Continuation phase testing to Drugs Rhythm & Drugs Rhythm & essential drugs duration duration Not available Km*+Et+Q**+Z Daily for 6- Et+Q**+Z+E Daily for 12- +E months 18months Available Resistant to H+R S*+Et+Q**+ Daily for 6- Et+Q**+Z+E Daily for 12- Z+E months 18months Resistant to all Daily for 6- Same oral Daily for essential drugs I injectable+1 months drugs 18months fluroquinolone + 2 of the oral drugs from PAS, Et, Cs* If resistant to S, Km to be used, if resistant to Km, amikacin or capreomycin can be used** Ofloxacin or ciprofloxacinMDR-TB and chronic cases will be categorized as Category 4 60
    • Side-effects of Reserve drugsKanamycin and AmikacinBactericidal agents of the aminoglycoside class.Administration: deep intra-muscular injectionSide-effects:Similar to those associated with streptomycin and capreomycin. • Oto-toxicity. - deafness and vertigo • Reversible nephrotoxicityDaily dosage should be reduced in patients with renal impairment.Should not be used in pregnancy.CapreomycinBactericidal in action.No cross-resistance with other aminoglycosides.Administration: Deep intra-muscular injectionSide-effects:Similar to those of streptomycin • Mainly tinnitus and vertigo with a lesser risk of deafness • Renal damage may occur • General cutaneous reactions and hepatitis may occur rarely.Should be avoided in patients with impaired renal functions or impaired hearing.Contraindicated in pregnancy.Ethionamide (or Prothionamide)These are bactericidal agentsAdministration:They are administered orally. They may be given with orange juice or milk or at bedtimeto avoid nausea.Side-effects: • Epigastric discomfort, anorexia. nausea, metallic taste, and sulphurous belching • Vomiting and excessive salivation can occur 61
    • • Psychotic reactions including hallucination and depression may occur. • Hypoglyceamia may occur but is rare • Hepatitis may occur in 10% of cases. • Prolonged administration in large doses may produce hypothyroidism and goitre. These will reverse when the drug is withdrawn. • Other rare side-effects include gynaecomastia, menstrual disturbances, impotence, acne, headache, and peripheral neuropathy.They are contra-indicated in pregnancy.Ofloxacin and CiprofloxacinThese are weakly bactericidal agentsAdministration: Given orallySide-effects: Uncommon • Gastro-intestinal disturbances – anorexia, nausea, vomiting • Central nervous system symptoms – dizziness, headache, mood changes and rarely convulsions. • May cause tendon rupture • May impair cartilage growth and hence should not be given for children below 18 years of ageNot used in pregnancy and children below 18 years of ageCycloserineBacteriostatic in actionAdministration: Given orallySide-effects: • Dizziness, slurred speech, convulsions, headache tremor, insomnia, confusion depression an altered behaviour. • Suicidal tendency • Generalized hypersensitivity reactions and hepatitis occur rarelyPara-amino salicylic acid (PAS)Bacteriostatic in actionAdministration: Given orally. 62
    • Bulky and unpleasantSide-effects: • Gastro-intestinal disturbances - anorexia, nausea, vomiting, abdominal discomfort • Skin or other hypersensitivity reactions • Hepatic dysfunction • Prolonged administration may produce hypothyroidism and goitre, which will reverse when the drug is withdrawn. PART II OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES FOR 63
    • 1 OBJECTIVES AND STRATEGY OF NATIONAL TUBERCULOSIS PROGRAMMEEpidemiology of tuberculosis in Sri LankaTuberculosis is still a significant public health problem in Sri Lanka. About 8000 newcases of tuberculosis are notified every year, of which around 60% are smear positivepulmonary TB cases. There has been a gradual increase in the number of cases notifiedduring the last four years. This may be due to improved case detection and also due tomore referrals and better case notifications from the general health institutions.Objectives of the National Tuberculosis ProgrammeThe overall objectives of the National Tuberculosis Programme are: • To reduce the mortality, morbidity and transmission of tuberculosis in the community until it is no longer a public health problem. • To prevent the development of drug resistant TB. 65
    • Strategy for TB controlThe basic strategy is to identify and treat all tuberculosis patients until they are cured.The priority is to provide all diagnosed sputum smear positive pulmonary tuberculosiscases with short course chemotherapy under direct observation, until they are cured, sincethey are the main source of infection in the community. The most effective step to controltuberculosis is to cure the infectious cases in order to break the chain of transmission. SriLanka has adopted the WHO recommended strategy of ‘DOTS’ for the control oftuberculosis.DOTS strategy‘DOTS’ stands for Directly Observed Treatment, Short-courseThis strategy has five components: • Government commitment to sustained TB control • Detection of TB cases through sputum smear microscopy of symptomatic patients presenting at health facilities • Regular and uninterrupted supply of good quality anti-TB drugs • Short-course chemotherapy given under direct observation of a health worker or a trained person • Recording and reporting system to monitor treatment progress and evaluate the outcome of every patient treated and the overall performance of the programme.Targets for TB controlOur aim is to achieve the following targets by the year 2005: • To cure at least 85% of the detected sputum smear-positive pulmonary tuberculosis cases. 66
    • • To detect 70 % of existing sputum smear-positive tuberculosis casesPriority should be given to achieve a high cure rate before increasing the case detection. 2 NATIONAL TUBERCULOSIS PROGRAMMEThe National Tuberculosis Programme (NTP) is a part of the national health serviceswhich functions under the Deputy Director General, Public Health Services (DDGPHS)within the Ministry of Health. The programme is headed by the Director /NationalProgramme for Tuberculosis Control and Chest Diseases (NPTCCD), and is responsiblefor the tuberculosis control activities of the entire country. The NTP functions through anetwork of district chest clinics, branch chest clinics, chest hospitals, and chest wards inclose co-ordination with the general health services.The structure of the NTPThe organizational setup of the NPTCCD is shown in Annex 1.The Central UnitAt the national level is the Central Unit of the NPTCCD and the Director is in charge oftuberculosis control activities in the country. The Central Unit acts as the technical nodalpoint covering all aspects of the NTP. 67
    • Main responsibilities of the Central Unit • Plan, supervise, monitor and evaluate the tuberculosis control activities throughout the country. • Co-ordinate the National Tuberculosis Programme at the intermediate level and with other sections of the Ministry of Health. • Provide printed forms, documents (e.g. manuals, training modules) and other materials needed for the programme • Train personnel involved in the National Tuberculosis Programme. • Provide a Reference Laboratory for tuberculosisDistrict LevelThe District Chest Clinic is the nodal point for the tuberculosis control activities in thedistrict. At this level, the District TB Control Officer (DTCO) is responsible for carryingout the tuberculosis control activities in the district. S/he is responsible administratively tothe Provincial/Deputy Provincial Director of Health and technically follows theinstructions of the Central Unit of the NTP. Financial allocations for the chest clinicactivities are provided by the Provincial Director.Main responsibilities at District Level • To implement the national TB control programme through the staff of the chest clinic and other health institutions. • Maintain a map of the district with details of all health facilities and the staff responsible for the TB control activities. • To assist in case finding in all health institutions in the district and to make sure that health staff properly identify the suspects and refer them for diagnosis. • Ensure that a Register of TB Suspects is maintained in all health institutions and the names and complete addresses of TB suspects referred are entered in this register. • Ensure that all TB suspects have three sputum specimens examined for diagnosis • To take measures to implement directly observed treatment throughout the district 68
    • • Identify the microscopy centres, the treatment centres for DOT, and the staff responsible for DOT in consultation with the officers in charge of these health institutions.• To supervise and ensure proper treatment of tuberculosis patients throughout the district and particularly ensure that: - The correct regimens of treatment are provided - The patients are receiving the drugs under direct observation of a health worker during the intensive phase of treatment. - Patients are collecting the drugs regularly during the continuation phase of treatment - Patients and their family members are individually advised regarding the disease and the importance of adhering to treatment schedules - Two sputum examinations for tubercle bacilli are done at the stipulated time intervals - Treatment regimens are given for the required period and cured patients are discharged from treatment - Treatment outcomes are determined and recorded in the District Tuberculosis Register - Tuberculosis follow up card is completed and given to the patient to be kept as a diagnosis card.• To notify all cases of tuberculosis including the re-treatment cases to the Central Unit.• Maintain a regular supply of drugs, laboratory material needed for sputum examination, and forms and registers for recording and reporting for the entire district and distribution of these to the treatment centres and microscopy centres.• Ensure that the District TB Register is updated and accurate.• To supervise the chest clinic laboratory and the microscopy centres regularly and monitor the maintenance of the TB Laboratory Register and documentation related to microscopy examination.• To establish quality control of sputum microscopy at the district chest clinic laboratory.• To conduct supervisory visits to all health institutions (DOTS centres, case finding centres, microscopy centres) in the district, at least once a month. 69
    • • To complete the quarterly reports on case finding, sputum conversion and treatment outcome and forward it to the Central Unit on due dates. • To carry out training of medical and paramedical staff on a continuous basis • To organize health education programmes for the public • To establish liaison with the general practitioners and the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to improve TB control in the district • To carry out administration and financial activities of the Chest Clinic. • To issue medical certificates to TB patients if they require. • To issue certificates for obtaining financial assistance for the needy TB patientsPHI/Nurse/ any staff assigned by the DTCO • Update the treatment card • Maintain and update District TB register • To trace a smear positive patient not started on treatment • Maintain adequate drug supply to the DOT centres • Prepare quarterly reports • Take defaulter action to retrieve defaulters • Impart health education to the patient and their familyBranch Chest ClinicsIn every district, one or two branch chest clinics are held in selected general healthinstitutions in the district. These are conducted once or twice a month by the DTCO.At these branch chest clinics, diagnosis, treatment and follow up of diagnosed TB patientsare carried out.Health Institutional LevelAll general health institutions including teaching hospitals, provincial /general hospitals,base hospitals, district hospitals, peripheral units, rural hospitals and central dispensariestake part in TB control activities. Medical Officers of Health and their staff also play anactive role in TB control at this level.Main responsibilities at the health institutional level 70
    • A Medical Officer/Registered or Assistant Medical officer at the health institution will beresponsible for the TB control activitiesThe main functions are: • To identify tuberculosis suspects and refer to the chest clinic or identified microscopy centres for sputum examination. • Maintain a Register of TB suspects and the names and complete addresses of all TB suspects referred are entered in this register. Also ensure that when the results of sputum examinations are received from the laboratory, they are entered in the appropriate column. • Cases diagnosed as tuberculosis should be referred to the DTCO/Chest Clinic for registration, notification and commencement of treatment • A treatment supervisor (DOT provider) should be identified at these institutions for implementing DOTS. (This may be a MO/RMO/AMO/ Nurse/ Pharmacist/ Dispenser/ PHI/ Family Health Worker). They should be trained by the NTP. • DOTS should be strictly implemented for the patients referred back from the District Chest Clinic after registration and commencement of treatment. • To ensure that patients complete the full course of treatment and the patients who default treatment are traced immediately and treatment continued.Duties of the Treatment supervisor (DOT provider) • Observe the patient taking the drugs daily during the intensive phase of treatment • Mark the Treatment Card daily, when the patient swallows the drugs • Give health education to the patient and explain to him the importance of taking the drugs regularly without interruption. This should be done on a continuous basis • Refer the patients at correct intervals for follow up sputum examination • If the patient develops any side-effects due to the drugs, or any other complication refer the patient to the medical officer of the health institution or to the District Chest Clinic • If the patient defaults treatment even for one day, take action to trace him and continue treatment- - Inform PHI of the area through Medical Officer of Health (MOH) 71
    • - Get the help of another patient or any other person who lives close to the patient’s residence - If the patient cannot be traced inform DTCO • All TB Treatment Cards should be kept in a separate file and numbered serially • Keep the Treatment Cards updated for inspection by the DTCO on his supervisory visits • Once the patient has completed the intensive phase of treatment, refer back patient to the District Chest Clinic for the continuation of treatment. This is better done when 3 doses of the Intensive Phase are remaining so that results will be available at 2 months to decide on Continuation Phase or extension of Intensive Phase. Microscopy Centres Microscopy centres are established in identified health institutions Functions of the microscopy centres are: • To examine the sputum specimens of all new patients referred from the same institution or other health institutions in the area or by the General Practitioners. • To examine the sputum of follow up TB patients referred to the centre. • Ensure that three sputa are examined for diagnosis and two for follow up. • Positive results are entered in RED. • To maintain an accurate and updated TB Laboratory Register. • To preserve all positive slides and the negative slides for quality control at the district Chest Clinic Laboratory.Functions of TB wards • When patients are too ill for outdoor treatment or unable to come for daily DOTS treatment, they may be admitted for indoor treatment and the nursing staff should directly observe the patient taking the drugs. • Patients should be given health education regarding the disease and the treatment • At the end of intensive phase of treatment, the sputum should be examined before discharge from the ward. • On discharge, the TB Referral form should be filled in duplicate and the patient referred to the appropriate District Chest Clinic with the original. The copy of the Referral form should be posted to the referring chest clinic. 72
    • 3 TUBERCULOSIS CASE FINDINGThe highest priority in tuberculosis control is to identify the infectious cases oftuberculosis in the community as early as possible and treat them fully until they arecured.Patients with chest symptoms or any other symptoms usually seek treatment at the nearesthealth facility, which may be governmental or private. If the medical officer suspectstuberculosis, he should examine three specimens of sputum for Acid Fast Bacilli.This could be done at the same institution if the microscopy facilities are available or thepatient referred to the closest health institution with microscopy facilities or to the DistrictChest Clinic.Three samples of sputum should be collected as follows: • Supervised spot specimen • Early morning sample on the next day • Supervised second spot specimen when the patient returns with the early morning sample.Patients suspected of tuberculosis may be referred by general practitioners to thegovernment health institutions for diagnosis and treatment. 73
    • Sputum examination should be provided free of charge for all patients. Referring medicalpractitioners should be informed of the patient’s diagnosis.Register of TB suspectsA Register of TB suspects should be maintained at all health institutions. This is a recordof all the patients identified as TB suspects at the health centre and referred for sputumexamination.The register is useful: • To monitor whether the results of smear examinations have been returned for all sputum samples sent / TB suspects referred to the laboratory. • To review the case finding activity of the health institution.Whenever you identify a TB suspect, this should be recorded in the register. Make surethat the full name and complete address of patient is written, so that the TB suspect couldbe located if he does not return for the results and the sputum smear is positive.Sample of a Register of TB suspects is shown in Annex XVII.Management Plan of TB suspectsManagement of suspects attending general health institutions(Refer Flow Chart 1V)The ‘Results’ section of the Laboratory Request Form for Sputum examination should becompleted by the laboratory technician and returned to the referring medical officer whoshould review the form. The results and the date of receiving it should be entered in theRegister of TB suspects in the appropriate columns.Depending on the results of sputum smear examination: • If two or more sputum smears are positive for AFB, the patient will be referred to the District Chest Clinic, where a chest X-ray is done and the patient is registered and notified as a case of sputum smear-positive PTB and appropriate treatment commenced. A copy of the referral form is also sent to the DTCO by post. If the patient is missing, the medical officer at the health institution should ensure that s/he is traced. 74
    • • If only two sputum specimens were examined and one specimen is smear positive for AFB, another specimen should be collected and examined. If the third specimen is positive, s/he will be referred to the chest clinic and managed as above.• If three specimens were examined and one smear is positive for AFB, refer the patient to the District Chest Clinic, where a chest X-ray will be done. If the X-ray is consistent with TB, the patient is registered and notified as a case of sputum smear-positive PTB and appropriate treatment commenced. In a well functioning laboratory, patients with only one out of three sputum samples positive are exceptionally rare.• If all sputum smears are negative for AFB, give the patient treatment that the medical officer thinks is appropriate. If antibiotics are used, it is advisable to use a broad-spectrum antibiotic like amoxicillin, co-trimoxazole, or erythromycin, which does not have anti-tuberculosis activity, for a period of 1-2 weeks. The patient should be reviewed after the course of treatment. If the patient has improved, it is unlikely to be TB. Ask the patient to come back for review if the symptoms recur.• If the symptoms persist, the patient should be referred to the Chest Clinic for chest X-ray and further management.• Extra-pulmonary TB cases will be diagnosed by the physicians of various specialties and referred to a District Chest Clinic for initiating treatment.• When a patient is referred to the District Chest Clinic, a copy of the referral form should be sent to the DTCO by post. 75
    • Flow Chart IV Management of TB suspects at Peripheral Health Institutions Cough 3 weeks or more Sputum smear x 3 2 or 3 smears positive 1 smear positive 3 smears negative Appropriate treatment / Antibiotics Symptoms persist Patient improves Refer Chest Clinic Refer Chest Clinic Refer Chest Clinic` 76
    • TB unlikely Treat symptomatically Review if symptoms recurManagement of suspects attending chest clinics(Refer Flow chart V)For all chest symptomatics, a chest X-ray and three sputum smear examinations are done.Depending on the results of the smear examination and X-ray findings, the patients willbe managed as follows: • If two or three sputum smears are positive, patient is registered and notified as a case of sputum smear-positive PTB irrespective of X-ray findings and Anti-TB treatment commenced. • If only two sputum specimens were examined and one smear is positive for AFB, another specimen is collected and examined. If the third specimen is positive, he will be managed as above. • If one smear is positive out of the three smears examined and X-ray is suggestive of TB, the patient is registered as a case of sputum smear-positive PTB and Anti-TB treatment commenced. • If one smear is positive out of the three smears examined and X-ray does not show any abnormality, sputum examination should be repeated 77
    • If sputum smear is again positive, he should be registered as a case of sputum smear-positive PTB and Anti-TB treatment commenced. If the repeat sputum smear is negative, give a course of antibiotics such as amoxycillin, co-trimoxozole or erythromycin for 1-2 weeks. (Drugs such as Fluoroquinolones which do have anti-TB activity should be avoided). Repeat the sputum smear examination and chest X-ray after the course of antibiotics. If the repeat CXR shows changes suggestive of TB, the patient is registered as a case of smear-positive PTB and anti-TB treatment commenced. If repeat CXR is still normal, then send a sample of sputum for TB culture and review the patient in six weeks.• If all three sputum smears are negative and the chest X-ray is normal, it is unlikely to be TB, and symptomatic treatment given. Ask the patient to come back if the symptoms recur.• If all three sputum smears are negative, but chest X-ray shows abnormality, give a course of antibiotics such as amoxycillin, co-trimoxazole, or erythromycin for 1-2 weeks. Repeat the chest X-ray two weeks after the course of antibiotics. - If the patient has improved clinically and the X-ray has improved, it is unlikely to be TB. However patient should be followed up. - If the symptoms persist and X-ray shows no improvement, re-check the sputum for AFB.• If the sputum is negative and the DTCO is of the opinion that it is TB, - Then send the sputum for culture for AFB - Register and notify the patient as a case of sputum smear-negative PTB - Start anti-TB treatment - Repeat chest X-ray after one month of anti-TB therapy• If the DTCO is of the opinion that it is not TB, then other diagnoses should be considered and the patient referred to the chest physician for further investigation and management. 78
    • Flow Chart V Management of TB Suspects at District Chest Clinics Cough 3 weeks or more Sputum smears x 3 Chest X-ray 2 or 3 smears positive 1 smear positive 3 smears negative CXR consistent with TB CXR normal CXR abnormal CXR normal Re-check sputum Antibiotics 1- 2 weeks Repeat CXR after 2 weeks Smear +ve Smear -ve Antibiotics for 1-2 weeks Symptoms persist Patient improves CXR no improvement CXR improves Repeat CXR and` sputum after 2 weeks Re-check sputum CXR CXR Smear +ve Smear -ve consistent Normal with TB 79
    • TB unlikely MO’s decision Treat symptomatically Send sputum for Review if symptoms culture recur Review in 6 weeks Yes TB No TBRegister & Notify as Send sputum for culturesmear +ve PTB Register & notify as smear –ve PTB Consider other diagnosisStart ATT Start ATT Refer chest physician Repeat CXR after one month 4 TREATMENT AND FOLLOW UP OF TB PATIENTS When a patient is diagnosed as a case of tuberculosis, the following steps should be adhered to – 1. Registration - Register the patient in the District TB Register (TB 03) and allot him a District TB Number - Classify the patient depending on the site, sputum smear result and history of previous treatment for TB - Identify the correct category of treatment. CAT 1 - All new cases CAT 2 - Re-treatment cases (Relapse, Treatment after failure, and Treatment after default). 2. Fill in the TB Treatment Card (TB 01) in duplicate. 3. Prepare the Patient Follow-up Card (TB 02). 4. Notification - Fill up the TB Notification Form (H 816) with two carbonized copies and send the relevant copies as indicated in the Notification form to the relevant units. When the relevant copy reaches the Central Unit, patient is registered and a Central TB Register Number is given. 80
    • 5. Health education -The patient and the family should be given health education: - Regarding the disease and how it is spread - Treatment, duration, dosages, number of tablets, colour of tablets etc. - Stress the importance of directly observed treatment and regular, uninterrupted treatment for the entire duration. - The need for sputum examination at regular intervals for monitoring - Possible common side-effects - Examination of close contacts6. TreatmentSputum smear-positive PTB cases Intensive phase of treatment • During the intensive phase of treatment, each and every dose of medicine should be given under the direct observation of the identified treatment observer. • Explain to the patient, that the treatment during the intensive phase is very important and should be directly observed. • If the patient is too ill for outdoor treatment or if s/he is unable to come for daily- observed treatment, s/he may be admitted to hospital for indoor treatment. The nursing staff should directly observe the patient swallowing the drugs. • Identify the DOTS centre, which is most easily accessible and convenient to the patient after discussing with him, and arrange for his treatment there. This could be the Chest Clinic itself or an identified DOT centre close to his home or work place • One copy of the Treatment Card and the drugs are dispatched to the appropriate treatment centre through a staff of the chest clinic.At the treatment centre - • The treatment supervisor should receive the Treatment Card and the drugs sent by the Chest Clinic • He should receive the patient, talk to him and establish a good rapport with the patient. 81
    • • Explain to him the importance of taking the drugs daily for the entire period without interruption • The treatment supervisor should allocate a time convenient for DOT and advise the patient to adhere to the time schedule as far as possible. • He should make arrangements to give the drugs to the patient with no or minimum delay. • He should hand over the drugs and observe the patient swallowing the drugs. • Tick off the Treatment Card daily each time the patient takes the drugs. • If the patient develops any minor side-effects, he may be referred to the medical officer of the health institution. If he develops any major side effect or any complications, he should be referred to the Chest Clinic. • If the patient does not come for treatment even for one day, prompt action should be taken to trace the patient - Inform the PHI of the area or the Public Health Midwife - Send a message through a volunteer or any other patient or staff member who lives close to the patient’s residence - Inform the DTCO/MO of the Chest Clinic if necessary. - Record the action taken - At the end of the intensive phase of treatment, the patient should be referred back to the Chest Clinic with the Treatment Card and advise patient to take an early morning sample of sputum for examinationContinuation Phase of Treatment • The patient will come to the Chest Clinic with an early morning sample of sputum. • Collect another spot sample. • If the sputum smear is positive, the patient will be directed to the treatment centre with the Treatment Card for DOT for another one month. • After one month, the patient has to be referred back to the clinic with the treatment card and another early morning sputum sample. • When the sputum smear is negative at the end of intensive phase, the patient is given the continuation phase of treatment. 82
    • Since the continuation phase also contains Rifampicin, every effort should be made to give each dose under observation. Wherever this is not possible patients will be advised to attend the DOT centre/chest clinic once a week, and the first dose will be given under direct observation and the remaining six doses will be supplied for self-administration at home. The DTCO should ensure that a household member observes the patient taking the drugs daily and will make arrangements for supervisory visits to check drug intake (including pill counts). • Sputum is examined at the required intervals and treatment continued till the end. • At the end of treatment, the treatment outcome is entered in the TB Follow up Card (TB 02) the patient is advised to keep it as a diagnosis card.Sputum smear-negative PTB casesIntensive phase • For the sputum smear negative patients too, DOT should be given during the intensive phase of treatment as in the case of sputum smear positive patients.Continuation phase • Since the continuation phase also contains Rifampicin, every effort should be made to give each dose under observation. Wherever this is not possible patients will be advised to attend the DOT centre/chest clinic once a week, and the first dose will be given under direct observation and the remaining six doses will be supplied for self-administration at home. The DTCO should ensure that a household member observes the patient taking the drugs daily and will make arrangements for supervisory visits to check drug intake (including pill counts).Extra-pulmonary TB casesIntensive phase • Treatment will be given under direct observation during the initial intensive phase of 2 months.Continuation phase 83
    • • Since the continuation phase also contains Rifampicin, every effort should be made to give each dose under observation. Wherever this is not possible patients will be advised to attend the DOT centre/chest clinic once a week, and the first dose will be given under direct observation and the remaining six doses will be supplied for self-administration at home. The DTCO should ensure that a household member observes the patient taking the drugs daily and will make arrangements for supervisory visits to check drug intake (including pill counts).Re-treatment cases • All Re-treatment cases should be given DOT throughout the entire period of treatment. Admission to hospital is recommended whenever possible.Intensive phase - Daily, directly observed treatmentContinuation phase - Daily, directly observed treatment • For streptomycin injections, disposable syringes and needles should be used. If glass syringes and needles are used, they should be properly sterilized.Transfer of patientsThe district initiating treatment is responsible for reporting treatment outcome for thetransferred casesIf the patient is transferred to another district after starting treatment - • Fill up the Referral /Transfer Form (TB 09) in triplicate - One copy of the form is given to the patient - One copy is sent by post to the Chest Clinic of the district where the patient proposes to take treatment - Third copy is retained at the original clinic. • At the receiving Chest Clinic, the patient is registered in the District TB Register as ‘Transfer in’ and a new District TB Number is given. • The lower portion of the Transfer form, which the patient brings, is sent back to the clinic from where he was transferred out. 84
    • • At the end of treatment, inform the treatment outcome to the referring unit in the copy sent by post. 5 RECORDING AND REPORTINGRecording and Reporting is an essential part of the National Tuberculosis Programme. • Careful recording of information on each patient helps to keep track of their treatment and progress • Periodic reporting on NTP activities helps to evaluate the performance of the control programme and plan and calculate the resources needed.Following Records and Reports are used in the NTP:Records1. TUBERCULOSIS TREATMENT CARD (TB 01)As soon as the diagnosis is made, this card should be filled for each patient started ontreatment. If the patient is given DOTS at another treatment centre, TB treatment Cardshould be written in duplicate. The original card is retained in the clinic and the duplicatesent to the DOTS treatment centre. This contains spaces for the health worker to markwhen the patient takes the treatment each time. 85
    • The information on the duplicate treatment card should be transferred to the originalTreatment Card during supervisory visits or when the PHI / Health worker takes the drugsto the DOTS centre next time.The relevant information, particularly the sputum results should be transferred from theTreatment Card to the District TB Register kept at the District Chest Clinic.If the patient is transferred to another district, the original is kept at the clinic and theduplicate Treatment Card with entries updated will be given to the patient to be taken tothe new district.2. TUBERCULOSIS FOLLOW-UP CARD (TB 02)This should be filled as soon as a patient is diagnosed. This is kept by the patientThis contains information similar to the treatment card. It also includes spaces for thedates of follow up appointments and health messages.At the end of treatment, outcome of treatment is written on this card in the spaceprovided and is given to the patient. This can be used as the diagnosis card.3. DISTRICT TUBERCULOSIS REGISTER (TB 03)This is maintained at the District Chest Clinic. All tuberculosis patients diagnosed andreceiving treatment in the district are entered in this register and it contains all the detailsof the patient.It helps to keep track of all patients receiving treatment in the district. The relevantinformation from the TB treatment Card, particularly the sputum results should betransferred to the register regularly.The DTCO uses the information in this register to prepare the Quarterly Reports on CaseFinding, Sputum conversion and the Treatment Outcome4. TUBERCULOSIS LABORATORY REGISTER (TB 04)This is kept at all Laboratories and microscopy centres carrying out sputum smearexaminations. This is maintained by the laboratory technician and he should enter all thedetails in the relevant columns and keep the register updated5. REQUEST FOR SPUTUM EXAMINATION (TB 05)This is kept at all health institutions. This should be filled by the medical officer for everypatient referred for sputum examination. Only one form need to be filled for all threesputum specimens collected from each patient. 86
    • After examining the smears, the Laboratory technician should enter the ‘Results’ in therelevant section of the form and send it back to the referring medical officer as soon aspossible.6. REQUEST FOR TB CULTURE AND DRUG SUSCEPTIBILITY TEST (TB 06)This is kept at the District Chest Clinics and Chest Hospital. This is sent to the CentralTuberculosis Laboratory when sputum culture and sensitivity is requested.7. TRANSFER / REFERRAL FORM FOR TB PATIENTS (TB 07)When a patient is transferred to another district, this form should be filled in triplicate. - Original form is given to the patient to be taken to the new district - One copy sent directly to the new district by post. - One copy is retained in the clinic.The receiving Chest Clinic will fill the bottom part of the copy brought by the patient andreturn it to the referring clinic as soon as the patient has been registered in the new districtas a ‘Transfer in’. At the end of treatment, the bottom part of the copy sent by postshould be completed and returned to the referred unit informing the treatment outcome ofthe patient.8. REGISTER OF TUBERCULOSIS SUSPECTS (TB 16)This is maintained at all Health Institutions in the district which are involved in detectingTB suspects. This register helps/allows to find out whether the health institutions arecorrectly identifying the TB suspects and subjecting them for sputum examinations.ReportsThe quarterly reports on cases are made so as to permit cohort analysis. The reports areprepared using the information in the District TB register. Accurate and timely reportscan only be produced if the register is kept up to date.The DTCO should submit the following quarterly reports to the Central Unit within thefirst week of each quarter. The reports should be completed in duplicate. The original 87
    • should be sent to the Central Unit and the duplicate retained at the clinic for recordpurposes.1. QUARTERLY REPORT ON CASE FINDING (TB 08)This report contains information on New and Re-treatment cases of TB registered duringthe quarter and age and sex breakdown.This report is useful in programme planning and monitoring of trends.The dates for submitting the report is as follows:Quarter Date of completion1st Quarter (January - March) 1st week of April2nd Quarter (April –June) 1st week of July3rd Quarter (July – September) 1st week of October4th Quarter (October – December) 1st week of January2. QUARTERLY REPORT ON SPUTUM CONVERSION (TB 09)This report gives the proportion of sputum positive cases registered in the quarter endedthree months ago, who became smear negative at two and three months of treatmentThe sputum conversion rate is a critical indicator of the effectiveness of the programmeimplementation during the intensive phase of treatment.The reports should be submitted as follows:Quarter Date of completion1st Quarter (January - March) 1st week of July2nd Quarter (April – June) 1st week of August3rd Quarter (July – September) 1st week of January4th Quarter (October – December) 1st week of April3. QUARTERLY REPORT ON TREATMENT OUTCOME (TB 10)This report gives the treatment outcome of patients registered 12-15 months earlier.The report provides information needed to analyze the treatment indicators of the NTP.Regular monitoring of treatment results will enable to assess the adequacy of treatmentregimens as well as quality of case management. 88
    • The dates for submitting the Report on treatment outcome of patients who startedtreatment for e.g. 1997 will be as follows:Quarter Date of completion st1 January - 31st March 1997 1st week of April 19981st April - 30th June 1997 1st week of July 19981st July - 30th September 1997 1st week of Oct. 19981st October - 31st December 1997 1st week of Jan. 19994. QUARTERLY REPORT ON MICROSCOPY ACTIVITIES ANDLOGISTICS (DISTRIC LEVEL) (TB 11)This report has two parts. Part A gives information regarding the case finding activitiesand has to be filled by all Health Institutions in the district. Part B has to be filled by thehealth Institutions where microscopy Centers are located.5. QUARTERLY REPORT ON PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT(DISTRICT LEVEL) (TB12)This should be completed by the DTCO and sent to the Central Unit during the first weekof each quarter. This report gives information regarding the case finding and microscopyactivities, supervisory activities, availability and training of health staff, involvement ofother stakeholders for TB control and advocacy programmes in the district. It alsoprovides information on drug consumption and other supplies.6. QUARTERLY REPORT - TB & NON TB WARDS (TB 13)This report gives information regarding admissions and discharges in TB and non-TBwards in the district and the microscopy services in these institutions.7. QUARTERLY REPORT - CHEST HOSPITAL, WELISARSA (TB14)This form gives information on outpatient and inpatient services and the laboratoryservices in the Chest Hospital, Welisara. 89
    • 8. QUARTERLY REPORT - NATIONAL TUBERCULOSISREFERENCE LABORATORY (TB 15)This report provides information on culture examinations, susceptibility patterns and thenumber of MDR-TB cases for a quarter.Compilation and analysisThe quarterly reports are compiled at the district level on the first week of each quarterand sent to the central level. The DTCO should initiate remedial actions if the technicaland managerial indicators have not been met and send the proposed remedial actions tothe central unit. The central unit compiles and analyses reports from all the districts andgives feed back to the DTCO within 6 weeks of receipt of the reports. 6 SUPERVISIONSupervision is an essential part of the National Tuberculosis Programme. The success ofthe NTP depends on whether staff at all levels performs their work well. Supervision is aprocess of helping the staff to improve their work performance.Supervisory visits give an opportunity to assess their performance and provide technicaladvice and guidance so that the staff can correctly perform their activities as stipulated inthe programme. The crux of the supervisory visits should be on education and guidance toperform as per guidelines.Supervisory visits should be carried out on a regular basis at all levels. • Director of the National Programme should do regular supervisory visits to the District Chest Clinics. • The District Tuberculosis Control Officer should visit the health institutions, treatment centres, and the microscopy centres in the district • Staff from the Central Tuberculosis Laboratory should visit the district chest clinic laboratories. 90
    • The supervisory visits and the frequency of visits should be planned out. Some districts orhealth units may need more supervision than others based on performance indicators.For the supervisory visit to be productive and effective – • Plan and prepare for the visit • A supervisory check list should be prepared. Check list should include activities in relation to case finding, treatment, microscopy, drugs, patient awareness, and logistics. • You should inform the staff concerned in advance of your visit so that they should be there during your visit. Sometimes you may do occasional surprise visits.Some ways to collect information during supervisory visits are: • Review of tuberculosis treatment card • Review of the laboratory register • Observing the health workers • Talking with the health workers • Talking with the TB patients • Checking the stock position of drugs and other consumables • Checking of defaulter retrieval actionsDuring supervisory visits, check whether a TB suspect register is properly maintained atthe peripheral health institutions and whether all patients referred have attended themicroscopy centers and returned with results. Ensure that all patients diagnosed withsmear positive TB are on directly observed treatment during the intensive phase oftreatment. All patients found to be smear positive should be accounted for in thelaboratory register and all smear positive patients found in the laboratory register arestarted on treatment and registered in the TB register. Also review laboratory register andensure that all patients have follow up smear examination as detailed in the NTP. Thiswill be facilitated if the TB number is recorded in the remarks column of the laboratoryregister. 91
    • 7 EVALUATIONEvaluation should be an integral component of any National Tuberculosis Programme.Evaluation of the programme will assess the degree of success that has been achieved inreaching the objectives.Collecting information quarterly allows for cohort analysis of data for a given district. Itis mandatory to collect information regularly on case finding and on the results ofchemotherapy. The most important method for the evaluation of control measures is byreview and analysis of the following reports: • Quarterly Report of Case Finding • Quarterly Report of Sputum Conversion of smear-positive cases • Quarterly Report on Treatment ResultsUsing indicators is a way to measure the achievement of activities of the programme.There are certain indicators, which should be examined regularly by the NTP.Indicators of Case Finding 92
    • • Case detection rate of new smear-positive PTB cases The case detection rate is the number of new pulmonary smear-positive cases detected, expressed as a percentage of the estimate of new smear-positive cases. It provides a measure of case finding coverage.• Proportion of pulmonary smear-positive cases out of all pulmonary cases registered in a quarter. Approximately 65% of all the pulmonary cases registered in a quarter should be smear-positive. If the percentage of smear positive cases is significantly lower, the quality of diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis may be poor.• Ratio of new smear-positive case to new smear-negative and extra pulmonary cases There should be approximately a 1:1 ratio between the number of new smear- positive and the number of smear-negative cases and extra pulmonary cases combined.• Proportion of smear-positive cases among TB suspects This is the number of smear-positive cases detected divided by the total number of suspects examined. This is usually around 10%. This rate will decrease as the prevalence of TB decrease in the community.• Reported case notification rate for new smear-positive cases (per 100,000 population) This is the number of newly detected smear-positive cases per 100,000 population. The reported case notification rate is important for observing trends in case notification over several years. This is usually calculated once a year. This should also be done by age and sex. The reported case notification rate of new smear positive cases by age and sex is the number of new smear-positive cases detected in specific age and sex groups per population of 100,000. It provides information on the trend of TB. As the transmission of TB decreases, the disease in young people falls. The incidence in older people does not fall so rapidly, because many of them were infected years earlier. In a successful TB control Programme, the peak gradually moves from young people to older people. 93
    • Indicators of case holding • Sputum Conversion rate at 2 (3) months of treatment for new smear-positive cases and at 3(4) months of treatment for relapses and re-treatment cases. Conversion rate is the number of smear positive cases, which convert from smear positive to smear-negative at the end of intensive phase of treatment, out of all smear-positive cases registered during a quarter. The conversion rate for new smear-positive cases and relapses should be at least 85%. It should be at least 80% for other re-treatment cases. • Treatment outcomes for new smear-positive cases, relapses and other re- treatment cases - Cure rate, Completion rate, Default rate, Failure rate, Death rate, Transfer rate. Cure rate of new pulmonary smear-positive cases is the proportion of new pulmonary smear-positive cases cured out of all new smear-positive cases registered during a given quarter. It should be at least 85%. This is the most important outcome indicator. Completion rate of new smear-positive cases is the proportion of new pulmonary smear-positive cases who completed treatment (but did not have a bacteriological examination of smears at the end of treatment) out of all registered new smear- positive cases during a given quarter. Default rate of new smear-positive cases is the proportion of new smear-positive cases who do not collect drugs for two or more months out of all registered new smear-positive cases for a given quarter. This should be less than 5%. Failure rate of new smear-positive cases is the proportion of failures of new smear-positive cases out of all registered new smear-positive cases for a given quarter. If there is no drug resistance, this should be less than 4%. Death rate - Proportion of deaths of new smear-positive cases out of all registered new smear-positive cases during a given quarter. 94
    • Transfer rate - Proportion of new smear-positive cases who were transferred to another district, out of all registered new smear-positive cases during a given quarter. Success Rate – % Cure rate + %Completion rate Cohort analysis of re-treatment cases, smear-negative cases and extra pulmonary cases also should be done in the same way. The central unit will give feed back to the DTCO regarding the performance of their district for the quarter and suggest corrective actions, if any. 8 TRAININGTraining activitiesTraining of all the staff involved in the programme as per the DOTS strategy is animportant component of the programme. They need to be trained as per the revisedtechnical, operational and laboratory manuals. The district tuberculosis control officerswill be trained at the central level using the 10 modules prepared. Training will be for 10days. The DTCO in turn will train the medical officers in the district using modules1-4for 5-days, and arrange for the training of the paramedical staff. The LT and the PHI ofthe district chest clinic also will be trained at the central level and they in turn will imparttraining to the other LTs, microscopists and other staff involved in drug delivery of thedistrict. Separate training modules will be made available for LTs and paramedical staffinvolved in the NTP activities. Training should include field and practical exercise.Table 13 Training schedule for operational staff of the NTPOfficials to be Duration Methodology Place of trainingtrainedDTCOs/Chest 10 days Work shop using training Central unit 95
    • physicians modules, and field visitsNurses/PHIs of 6 days Training modules, practical Central unitDistrict Chest Clinic exerciseLTs of District 8 days Training modules and Central unitChest Clinic practical exerciseOther MOs of the 3 days Training modules and District chest clinicdistrict exerciseOther LTs and 5 days Training modules and District chest clinicmicroscopists practical exerciseDOT providers 2 days Training modules and District chest practical exercise clinic/DOT centersCommunity workers ½-1 day Training Guidelines DOT centre 9 MANAGEMENT OF DRUGS AND SUPPLIESActivities for management of drugs and supplies must be designed to support tuberculosiscontrol activities, providing supplies to carry out activities as spelt out in the programme.Procurement and supply are recurring process. Various components of the managementcycle are: 96
    • Selection Quality assurance Use Procurement Management support DistributionFigure II Anti-TB drug management cycleManagement support is an integral part of each of these components. A viablemanagement information system (MIS) must be in place to provide specific programmedata required to ensure adequate supply. In NTP, the quarterly reporting system helps toidentify requirements of each item and to procure based on these requirements. 10 INTER-SECTORAL COORDINATIONTuberculosis is being managed by all health institutions, be it private or public. If thedisease is to be controlled, there is a need that all these agencies work together. Inaddition to the preventive side, the curative side of medicine and the teaching institutionsplay a major role in TB control. Patients diagnosed at these institutions should be referredto the programme for further management. 97
    • Health institutions attached to other ministries also manage tuberculosis e.g. Police,defence ministry etc. They also should come under the frame work of TB control so that acomplete tracking system of TB patients is available.In addition, there is a large private sector in the country, diagnosing and treatingtuberculosis. There is a need to involve them also in the fight against tuberculosis. Onlywhen all sectors managing tuberculosis come together, the country will have a clearpicture on the control of the disease. 98
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    • 1 DISTRICT CHEST CLINICThe District Chest Clinic is the key organizational unit of the National Tuberculosisprogramme at district level.The Chest Physician / District Tuberculosis Control Officer (DTCO) is in charge of theadministration of the chest clinic and functions under his guidance. 101
    • StaffThe staff of the District Chest Clinic consists of the following categories: • Chest Physician /DTCO (preferably with DTCD qualification) • Medical Officer • Nursing Officer • Radiographer • MLT/ Microscopist • PHI • Pharmacist / Dispenser • Clerk • Laboratory orderly • Labourers • DriverThe number of each category of personnel will depend on the size of the clinic and thepopulation it serves.StructureBasically the Chest Clinic consists of the following sections: • Registration section • Clinical section • Laboratory • X-ray department • Pharmacy • Health Education section • Statistical section • General Office / Administrative section • StoresDuties and Responsibilities of the DTCO • Tuberculosis Control Activities 102
    • The activities related to Tuberculosis control have been described in detail in the previous sections. In addition to these the Medical officer in charge of the District Chest Clinic (Chest Physician / DTCO) has the following responsibilities: • General administration of the chest clinic – smooth functioning of the clinic, supervision of staff, etc. • Financial Responsibilities - Maintenance of the Remittance Register and the Petty cash Register - Payment of salaries for the staff • Estimation of requirements of drugs, treatment related materials, laboratory materials, stores items, and equipment for the following year. • Periodical checking of drug stores and general stores • Issue of medical certificates to patients when required • Issue of medical certificates for needy TB patients for obtaining TB assistance from the Social Services Department. • To ensure the safety of staff and proper disposal of sputum – (This is described in detail in the Laboratory Manual for TB Control). 2 DRUGS AND SUPPLIESOne of the most important tasks of the DTCO is to ensure a continuous regular supply ofdrugs and other supplies required for the diagnosis and management of tuberculosis andother respiratory diseases.The drugs and supplies include the following: 103
    • • The anti-tuberculosis drugs required to treat new and re-treatment TB cases • Treatment-related supplies -syringes, needles, sterilizers, etc. • Laboratory supplies for diagnosis – sputum containers, slides. reagents, etc. • Tuberculin and BCG vaccine vials • Recording and Reporting Forms and Registers • Drugs required for other respiratory diseases.The District TB control Officer should calculate the requirement of the anti-TB drugs forthe following year and send to the Central Unit of the NTP along with the requirements ofsputum containers, tuberculin vials and Tuberculosis forms and registers. These will beissued quarterly from the NTP.The drugs required for other respiratory diseases, treatment related supplies, slides,reagents and other laboratory materials needed for the district for the entire year iscalculated separately and the estimates are send to the Deputy Provincial Director ofHealth. The requirements will be issued to the District Chest Clinic quarterly from theRegional Medical Supplies Division (RMSD).The DTCO must work closely with the treatment units and the Microscopy centres tomake sure they receive drug supplies and other materials regularly. It is essential thatpatients receive the drugs promptly after diagnosis. Keeping large stocks of drug suppliesis not always practical for peripheral health units because they may only have a limitednumber of patients in a year. Arrangements should be made to deliver the drugs to thetreatment centres immediately, when a patient is referred to a health centre for DOTS.Maintain an adequate supply of drugsIt is very important to make sure that the district has an adequate supply of anti-TB drugs.There should be a reserve stock of drugs for a three-month period at the Regional MedicalSupplies Division (RMSD) and the District Chest Clinic should have another reservestock of drugs for a three-month period.Estimation of anti-TB drug requirements. 104
    • Calculate the amount of drugs needed for the year based on the number of casesdiscovered during the previous year.Calculate as follows: 1) Determine the number of patients registered in the last quarter for each treatment regimen (CAT 1 and 2). 2) Determine the amount of tablets/or grams of each drug needed for one patient per treatment regimen. 3) Determine the total amount of tablets or grams of each drug needed to treat all patients during the quarter. 4) Calculate the total number of tablets or grams of each drug needed for the entire year, by multiplying the amount of each tablet by 4 (for the four quarters of the year). 5) To allow for the reserve stock, add the amount of tablets or grams of each drug needed for a quarter (3 months) (i.e. the numbers obtained in step 3) to the amount calculated for the year (numbers obtained in step 4). 6) Check the stocks available in the stores. Subtract the amount of tablets in the drug store from the total amount of each drug needed (the numbers obtained in step 5).Calculate the Number of syringes and needles required for administering streptomycinInjections for the year.After calculating the amount of drugs and other supplies needed, send your annualrequirement to the Director, NPTCCD / Deputy Provincial Director of Health.Storage of drugs • Drugs should be stored in a secured stockroom and protected from unauthorized access • Should be protected from heat, light. moisture/rain, dust, pests and fire • Store the drugs according to their expiry dates with each drug clearly marked. • Use the FEFO (First –Expired –First-Out) rule: First drugs to expire are the first drugs out (i.e., issue the oldest drug s first). 105
    • 3 ISSUE OF MEDICAL CERTIFICATESMedical certificates for Leave • Rules and regulations governing the issue of medical certificates to patients are embodied in the following government circulars: - General Circular 1006 / 20.06.79 106
    • - General Circular 1086 / 07.05.80 - General Circular 1481 / 21.10.86• Public servants bounded by Public Service Commission rules and government funds are issued medical certificates in form ‘medical 170’ (major staff) and in form ‘medical 331’ (minor staff) free of charge.• Private individuals, corporation and board employees and private sector employees are issued medical certificates in form ‘H 307’.on payment. The fee charged for the issue of private medical certificates will be according to the prevailing hospital charges circular issued by the government.• The quantum of leave to be recommended for public servants and private sector, in each medical certificate is as follows: 1st instance - Not exceeding one month 2nd instance - Not exceeding one month 3rd instance - two weeks 4th instance - two weeks• After a period of leave for three months, the patient concerned should be examined by a Medical Board. The medical board will decide whether the patient is fit for work or whether he needs further leave from work.• For TB patients who may need more than three months leave, a medical board may be recommended in the first medical itself so that the employer can take necessary steps to arrange for a Medical Board without delay.• The Medical Officer who treated the patient cannot sit on the Medical Board for that particular patient (vide General Circular No 2951).• Past absence from duty can be covered retrospectively up to five days from the day of issuing the medical certificate, and in the case of indoor patients, the period of stay in the hospital can be covered.• Special TB leave granted to TB patients is governed by Establishment Code chapter (XX111) and as amended by Public Administration circulars 30/89 of 03.05. 89 and 32/93 of 20.12. 93. - A TB patient who is in public service is entitled to four months of full pay special leave in the first instance. - In the event of a relapse, he is entitled again to four months of fully paid leave only after a period of 04 years. 107
    • - This special TB leave of four months can be recommended only by a medical board as mentioned. • TB patients who want to get their EPF money back before retirement age should be advised to apply for a Medical Board. • Any patient referred regardless of his employment status (private or public sector) should be screened for TB free of charge at any government health institution. The report in such a case should state only “no evidence of TB’ or ‘evidence of TB’ and issued free of charge. • Any individual referred by a private practitioner for any specific investigation other than the sputum for AFB should be charged the fee as mentioned in the prevailing hospital charges circular.Medical certificates for Financial Assistance • An unemployed TB patient is entitled to seek financial assistance if he wishes to. • Financial assistance is provided by the Social Services Department and the DTCO/MO of the chest clinic or chest hospital has to issue a medical certificate on Form SS/TB/M1. • The necessary investigations as to whether the patient’s economic status deserves such assistance and the amount to be given depending on the number of dependents will be the responsibility of the Social Services Department. • The assistance will be given only during the period of anti-tuberculosis treatment.Conditions of eligibility for financial assistance • The applicant should be examined and certified to be suffering from tuberculosis by a Medical Officer of a Chest Clinic or Chest Hospital. • The applicant should accept and continue to follow regular treatment prescribed by the Medical officerAdministrative procedure for the TB Assistance scheme The following steps should be followed regarding TB assistance for TB patients (in- patients and outpatients) of chest clinics and chest hospitals. • The Medical Officer of the Chest Clinic /Chest Hospital will issue a medical certificate on the prescribed form (SS/TB/M1) at the request of the patient for him 108
    • to obtain the financial assistance. This form will be posted to the relevant Divisional secretary, who will make suitable arrangements for the payment of TB assistance to the patient or his dependants. • The Divisional Secretary will inform the patient / medical officer of the decision taken, after evaluation by the social service officer (S.S.O) in his office. • The MO will issue a medical certificate on the prescribed form in the first instance for three months and thereafter a renewed medical certificate will be sent on the same form for every three months for renewal of the allowance. • This will be issued only for the duration of anti-TB treatment. • When the patient completes treatment, or defaults or dies, the Medical Officer will inform the Assistant Director/Social Services of the change.Procedure for issue of Medical Certificates on Form SS/TB/M1 • The Medical Officer should note in the BHT or patient’s clinic file, the recommended period of TB assistance and should verify this period is correctly entered in the medical certificate before placing his signature. • The relevant medical certificate number should be noted on the BHT or clinic file with the above entry before dispatch • The medical officer should enter the relevant details in the counterfoil of the certificate issued. • A register on the issue of medical certificates for financial assistance should be maintained. This should be maintained in serial order and the relevant date of posting the medical certificate should be entered in the register. • All letters received from the Provincial Secretary regarding the payment /nonpayment of TB assistance to TB patients should be kept filed in the relevant BHT/or clinic file. • The specimen signature of medical officers authorized to sign the medical certificates should be sent to the Provincial Secretary in advance. 109
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