Ram Pal Vashist

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BACKGROUND Drug abuse is on the rise. Drug addiction lowers the general immunity of the body. Tuberculosis is known to be one of the major infectious diseases with a high incidence among drug addicts. Treatment of drug addicts suffering from tuberculosis is a challenge to the treating physician. METHODS An interventional prospective study which involved(More)
BACKGROUND Childhood tuberculosis (TB) patients under India's Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) are managed using diagnostic algorithms and directly observed treatment with intermittent thrice-weekly short-course treatment regimens for 6-8 months. The assignment into pre-treatment weight bands leads to drug doses (milligram per kilogram) that(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the impact of an intensive IEC campaign regarding the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme launched by the Government of Delhi on awareness generation among the general population and improvement in self-reporting by symptomatic cases in Delhi, India. DESIGN Cross-sectional study. RESULTS A pilot study wherein 1008 persons(More)
BACKGROUND The guidelines of repeat sputum smear examination in initial smear negative patients (ISN), who also fail the antibiotic trial of three samples have been incorporated in the RNTCP diagnostic algorithm in India in 2005. This study was conducted to assess the utility of repeat sputum smear examination in symptomatic initial smear negative patients(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyse the treatment outcome of Cat I smear positive relapse and failure cases and their fate when treated with Cat II regimen under RNTCP. METHODS All Cat I smear positive relapse and failure TB patients treated with Category II regimen from 1994 to 2005 in a chest clinic of Delhi were analysed in this retrospective study. The re-treatment(More)
This study was conducted at the New Delhi Tuberculosis Center, Delhi, India, from 1 January 2006 to 31 December 2007 to assess the feasibility of implementing random blinded rechecking (RBRC), a quality assurance strategy, and its impact on the performance of tuberculosis smear microscopy in Delhi, RBRC activities are carried out monthly at District(More)
OBJECTIVES To study the impact of Revised National TB Control Programme on mortality among tuberculosis patients in Delhi and to correlate mortality trends with programme indicators. METHODS Record based evaluation of mortality trends from TB registers of all chest clinics of Delhi after implementation of Revised National TB Control Programme. RESULTS(More)
BACKGROUND The Indian guidelines on following up sputum smear-negative Pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) patients differ from the current World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines in that the former recommends two follow up sputum examinations (once at the end of intensive phase and the other at the end of treatment) while the latter recommends only one follow(More)
Screening of HIV Infection was made mandatory for every unit of blood collected for transfusion in Delhi, India since 1989. Ten Zonal Blood Testing Centres have been identified which test all the blood collected for HIV by 29 blood blanks for the city. Reports from these testing centres have been analysed yearwise to find out the magnitude and trends of HIV(More)
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