The REACH Pharmacy initiative is very useful for patients. The pharmacists are actively referring the patients in my area. Almost every day of the week I get to meet someone referred by a pharmacist. Their interest to work for TB control should be appreciated.
A pharmacy called Prem Medicals provided me a 44 year old patient who had been on private ATT treatment which was diagnosed at his hometown in Trichy. He had completed 6 months and was wondering about his follow-up checkup, when the pharmacist referred him to us. I sent the patient to an RNTCP service centre, which checked his sputum and declared him TB free. The patient was very happy that he could complete this process without going to Trichy and said that, “I was worried that I will have to spend a lot to travel back to Trichy, but am so relieved and happy that I could get myself tested here itself. Within a span of 3 days I was able to get a satisfactory check- up”

Deena-Field Officer

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