Diseases & National Health Programme
As per the latest RNTCP guidelines history of cough for what duration is required to qualify a patient as a TB suspect?
A pulmonary TB suspect is any person with cough for 2 weeks, or more.
At all outpatient clinics, hospitals and health facilities, both in the public and private sectors, all patients need to be systematically screened for cough by medical officers and health staff manning the health facilities. Additionally, in medical colleges and hospitals, in-patients also need to be screened for identification of TB suspects. Persons with cough for 2 weeks, or more, with or without other symptoms suggestive of TB, should be promptly identified as pulmonary TB suspects and steps taken to subject them to sputum smear microscopy for acid-fast bacilli, for diagnosis of TB.