Friday, June 14, 2024

ARK Foundation conducts community meeting on TB

Nagaland News

Dimapur, April 22: Towards creating awareness on Tuberculosis (TB) elimination in the state, a program on TB awareness was organized by the ARK Foundation in partnership with the NTEP, Nagaland, which was attended by the students of Govt Higher Secondary School, Aghunato- Zunheboto on April 20.
The students were made aware of TB as an airborne and an infectious disease.
Ketho Angami from ARK Foundation spoke on key points such as what is TB, how it spread, its signs and symptoms, and services for treatment.
He mentioned that TB is an infectious airborne disease which is caused by the Mycobacterium Tuberculosis or MTB and that MTB is a kind of bacteria, and that TB is an ancient old disease but it continues to be a public health threat even today. Therefore, knowing the facts about TB is one of the best measures to prevent TB within the Community.
He said it is transmitted through the air when someone who is infected with active TB coughs, sneezes, shouts, or sings, as droplets of saliva contain several numbers of the TB bacilli and it continues to keep floating in the air.
Once a healthy person inhales such contaminated droplets of the air, the TB bacteria push their way into the lungs and cause the infection. Gradually it may start to make the person sick.
He also stated that TB mostly affects the lungs, but can affect any part of the human body except hair and nails.
On the four most visible and common symptoms, Ketho mentioned that cough for more than 2 weeks, fever, night sweats, and weight loss due to loss of appetite are very clear indications of the likelihood of an active TB infection.
He, however, said that TB is also preventable in many similar lines of Covid-19 such as hand washing, sanitizing, and social distancing. Further, he also highlighted the different kinds of TB treatment which are being provided by the Government free of cost.
From the treatment perspective, he stated that TB is fully curable if the proper diagnosis and treatment are taken as per the prescription.
He also urged the participants not to stigmatize nor discriminate against people with TB but rather to facilitate in getting the proper treatment and also to create awareness on TB among the community.
In conclusion, the speaker also sensitized the students on some issues about the menace of substance abuse among the young generations of today. He highlighted about the harmful effects of using drugs and urged the students to stay away from drugs by making healthy and productive choices.
(Page News Service)