IIT Guwahati develops new app to tackle rising cases of TB in Assam
In a major breakthrough and a step towards eradication of tuberculosis (TB) in Assam, the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IITG) is developing a mobile application that can help track a patient’s medication trend starting from the point of diagnosis.
The existing DOTS 99 helps in tracking the progress only after the TB patient reports back to the physician for medication post the diagnosis.
The new mobile application is likely to be launched by next month. The app will initially be launched as a pilot project in Kamrup (Metro) and Nalbari.
As per officials’ reports, 37,000-38,000 TB cases are detected annually in the public sector hospitals in Assam and 2,000-3,000 TB cases are reported from the private sector hospitals. People living in the tea gardens, border areas, char areas, slums and industrial units are vulnerable to this disease.
With help of this mobile app, the moment a person is diagnosed with TB, the patient’s health will be recorded at the microscopy centre and even if the patient doesn’t follow up with the physician, he or she can be tracked and medication can be ensured.