This image depicts chest physician, Dr. Prabhu, and staff nurse, Mala, in the process of performing an examination and evaluation of a patient, who’d defaulted on his anti-tuberculosis treatment (ATT), and had now been diagnosed as a multi-drug resistant (MDR) tuberculosis (TB) suspect, while at the government hospital for chest diseases in Pondicherry, India, in 2014. Note that the patient, doctor, and nurse, were all wearing disposable facemasks preventing TB cross-contamination. The doctor was also wearing disposable latex gloves during the exam.
Anti-tuberculosis drug resistance is currently a major public health problem in India, where researchers are currently working to evaluate the burden of drug defaulters, and establish strategies to prevent such noncompliant behavior.
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