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Delay in diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis affects the community control of tuberculosis. One thousand two hundred fresh cases of pulmonary tuberculosis were analysed. In 30 per cent, the patients, and in 3.33 per cent, the health personnel were responsible for the delay in diagnosis, and in 66.6 per cent of the cases both were responsible. Eightyeight per cent of the patients complaining of haemoptysis were diagnosed within first three months. Other factors are discussed. It was found that patients prefer to seek medical attention at general hospitals and dispensaries and private practitioners rather than tuberculosis institutions; only 18 per cent of the patients reached the tuberculosis hospital directly. However, in 63.3 per cent of the patients the final diagnosis of tuberculosis was achieved at tuberculosis hospital only. The societal implications are discussed.