Bedaquiline, which is a drug for Multi-Drug Resistant TB, is being introduced at six identified tertiary care centres across India.
An estimated 2.2 million people suffer from TB in India with over 70,000 MDR TB patients.
Two clinical trials are planned in India, which is among the high-burden countries.
Dr Soumya Swaminathan, secretary, department of health and research, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, spoke on TB elimination
The interventions are being rolled out in a phased manner and this would give the Ministry ample opportunity to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of these initiatives in difficult areas.
The letter comes two months after his fellow undertrial Abdi Chama died in the same hospital of tuberculosis
According to protocol, the hospital waits for a week to 10 days for relatives to claim a body. When no one turns up, the body is sent for examination to a nearby tertiary centre to rule out HIV infection.
While one is attached with the chest medicine department and had been in direct contact with patients in the ward, the other is attached with the gynaecology ward adjacent to the tuberculosis ward.
In 2014, India had an estimated 2.2 million (22 lakh) new TB cases.
Earlier, she was under treatment in a private clinic but had to stop it mid-way after facing financial problems.
In 2014, the BMC reported 1,351 deaths due to the air-borne infection as opposed to 6,589 deaths reported through tabulation of all death certificates.
WHO projections put incidence at 12 per cent, survey hints at 9 per cent.
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Key post of state TB officer technically vacant, doctors sourced from other departments.
Shamshad was admitted at Sewri TB hospital on March 24 after tests confirmed TB infection in his chest. A week later, he succumbed to the infection.