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40th World Tuberculosis Day at Senapati

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Senapati, Mar 24:

The District Health Society NTEP Senapati observed the 40th World TB Day today at DRDA Hall under the theme “The Clock is Ticking”.
Losii Dikho, Minister PHED, Printing & Stationary speaking in the Chief Guest speech stated that the present State government is emphasizing on the health sector for the betterment of people in the state. Recalling his childhood, he said that he has a deep admiration of doctors and health workers for their immense services to well being of society. Congratulating on the 40th World TB Day he appealed the member present to take up active participation from each and every individual toward in eliminating the disease. He also applauded the district health workers for their immense contribution in the state.
Th. Kirankumar, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Senapati in his presidential speech stated that the main focus in the district toward the TB elimination is the notification through blood test, X- Ray detection, writing down the name of person purchasing the medicine in the Pharmacy and reporting suspected TB persons to the health workers like ASHA.
He said that drastic reduced can be even seen in the district if proper advantage is taken through the available facility. He also suggested Health Worker, CSO’s Village leaders and Anganwadi workers to join hand in hand for tactical mock drill exercise. He therefore appealed the member present not to be shy of declaring oneself as TB patient as the treatment of TB is available at free of cost.
Dr. Pfokreho Pfoze, Chief Medical Officer, Senapati in his Guest of Honour speech highlighted the Mandatory TB notification Gazette for private practitioners, chemists and public health staff under Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme which was notified by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. He also appealed the member present especially the Health Worker to take active initiative in notifying the TB patients to DTO.
It may be mentioned that World TB day is a flagship of the National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme which is observed every year on 24th March since 1882 so as commemorate the discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis causing Tuberculosis by Dr. Robert Koch. It is also observed to generate awareness about TB and mobilize political and social commitment to fight against TB. India is the highest TB burden country in the world with 2.69 millions incidences and 44000 death. TB, a contagious disease that spread through air droplets can also be prevented through face masks. The Government of India has committed to end TB by 2025, i.e. five years ahead of the Global targets under SDGs. Due to ambitious target name of the programme and its logo has been changed from RNTCP to NTEP in 2020. Several initiatives have also been implemented like ACF, use of newer and shorter regimen, private sector engagement, NPY, expansion of diagnostic network, digital intervention. Regarding Manipur notify cases, it is 1148 out of which Senapati district has 188 notify cases despite COVID 19 pandemics across the country. Minister of Health and Family Welfare had called Jan Andolan (People’s Movement) on23rd November, 2020 to make 2021, a year for TB.
Later, there was Role Play/ Drama competition from 6 Health Centres out of which Bendramai PHC stood 1st position, then Tadubi PHC in 2nd position and Maram in position respectively. Besides, there was a testimonial speech and incentive was given to the survivor of TB disease.
The programme was attended by DLO’s, Various CSO’s, Health Workers like ASHA and survivors of the contagious disease.

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