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Longleng first in State to devise TB-free district plan

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, AUGUST 29: Longleng is now the first district in the State to develop and release a strategic plan to become a TB-free district.
According to a DIPR bulletin on Monday, the District Health Society and National TB Elimination Programme of Longleng has come up with the ‘District Strategic Plan for TB-Free Longleng’, which was officially released by Deputy Commissioner Dharam Raj on August 26.
After releasing the plan, the DC pointed out that a strategy is required before any battle and similarly, elimination action-plan is essential to achieve a complete eradication of Tuberculosis from the district. Therefore, he appealed to the stakeholders to come forward and extend co-operation and support to the medical team in carrying out the strategic plan smoothly to achieve the goal.
He also stated that due to prolonged use of medication for TB treatment, some patients avoid/skip regular medication leading to drug-resistant TB or extremely drug-resistant TB, threatening and ending their life.
In this regard, he informed the medical team to give proper instruction and awareness to TB patients.
The Chief Medical Officer of Longleng, Dr. Obangjungla informed that Longleng is the first district to release the strategic plan for TB-free district in the State.
She acknowledged the sincere efforts of District TB Officer, Longleng, Dr. Temsusashi.
She informed that due to stigmatisation, people seldom come forward for TB testing when approached and suggested transparency in carrying out the strategic plan.
She also highlighted on the incentives and other benefits provided by the Government to TB patients besides free testing and treatment.
Dr. Temsusashi, in his keynote address, informed that the alarming figure of morbidity and mortality of TB in India gave birth to the Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) pilot project in 1993.
Later, in 1997, RNTCP was launched as a national programme with a plan to scale up in a phases covering the entire country by 2006.
Meanwhile, the Central TB Division, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, has developed the National Strategic Plan to end TB by 2025.
He also highlighted the district objectives and strategy plan.
(Page News Service)