Warning: mysql_num_rows() expects parameter 1 to be resource, boolean given in /home/ejman/depo/functions_site.php on line 2446

Open Access and Peer-reviewed
Home Journal Issues Guide for Authors Editorial Board Aims & Scope About Journal News & Announcements

Original Research 
RMJ. 2018; 43(4): 586-592

An ethnographic study on TB control program in Pakistan

Majid Hussain Alias Ghalib Hussain, Anwaar Mohyuddin, Malik Mhhammad Sohail.

Objective: To describe discrepancies in implementation of DOTS (Directly Observed Treatment Short-course) program of WHO to eliminate Tuberculosis in government healthcare centers of tehsil Murree, Pakistan.
Methodology: A sample of 15 healthcare personnel was purposively selected and data were collected through participant observation, nonparticipant observation and in-depth interviews. A semi-structured interview guide was used.
Results: X-ray facility was not available on Basic Health Units (BHUs). The residents of Tehsil Murree were not having easy access to X-ray facility of government hospitals. The staff of government hospitals had no interest in TB program because they had considered it as an extra burden. The TB staffs of these centers were not being given any financial compensation in form of daily or travel allowance for official work. Recording and reporting system was outdated.
Conclusion: There was gross failure of TB control program in area we surveyed. Least political will and lack of financial resources had remained a root cause for this.

Key words: Ethnography, tuberculosis, DOTS, Pakistan

Warning: mysql_num_rows() expects parameter 1 to be resource, boolean given in /home/ejman/depo/functions_site.php on line 909
No manuscript




Indexed in WHO Index Medicus IMEMR, Emromedex, Pakmedinet, ExtraMED and Scopus

  Approved by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and Pakistan Medical and Dental Council


This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition of open access.

The articles in Rawal Medical Journal are open access articles licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/) which permits unrestricted, non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the work is properly cited.