A violation of citizens’ rights : The health sector and tuberculosis

Thelma Narayan


Tuberculosis was recognised by the new government of independent India in 1947 as one of the country’s biggest public health problems. Interventions were introduced in 1948. This formed part of the government’s constitutional mandate and pledge to protect and promote the health and well being of its citizens. BCG vaccination within a vertical programme was the main strategy with a focus on urban areas and children, among whom TB was then considered to be the major problem. With limited finances, it was felt that prevention was the best approach. Fortunately, indigenous research was initiated and supported by the government through the establishment of new institutional bodies, in order to understand the problem better. 

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