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NTEP Nagaland pleads for community support in elimination of TB from Nagaland by 2025

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NTEP Nagaland officials during the media sensitization on Community Support for TB Patients in Kohima on June 17, 2022.

KOHIMA, JUNE 17: The National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme (NTEP), Nagaland, today urged individuals and community to come forward in providing nutritional support for TB patients and efforts towards eliminating the diseases from the State by 2025.
TB is a centuries-old disease and is one of the leading causes of deaths primarily because of social stigma but because of advancement in medical science TB is a curable disease with timely diagnosis and treatment, said State Programme Officer for National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme (NTEP) Nagaland, Dr. Tiasunup Pongener, while speaking at the media sensitization on Community Support for TB Patients, at the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare here today.
In this, he said while the World Health Organisation (WHO), as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2030, aims at elimination of TB, India has targeted to eliminate it by 2025 with Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching the ambitious plan in March 2018.
NTEP aims to reduce TB mortality to at least 3 persons per 1 lakh population.
Nagaland too has joined the campaign and has been rigorously carrying forward the activities, said Dr Pongener.
Maintaining that under the campaign, the Government has been providing free TB treatment to patients with the best TB medicines and diagnostic machines, he however said that without community support, the Government alone cannot achieve the ambitious plan to ‘End TB by 2025’.
He said that while the Government is providing medicinal treatment for free, there is need for individuals, society, NGOs, faith-based organisation and tribal bodies to come forward to support the nutritional requirements of the patients through kind.
Saying that TB is mostly detected among people with low income and malnutrition, Dr Pongener stressed on the need for adoption of TB patients by individuals and community so as to remove stigma, prevent spread, support diagnosis and treatment of patients to end TB.
Nagaland has a total of 2095 registered TB patients as of January to May this year of which 1718 (82%) have consented to receive support, informed WHO Medical Consultant Dr Palash Talukdar.
Currently, Nagaland has only one person coming forward to extend nutritional support to TB patient, he said, adding that the objective of Community Support for TB patients is to provide additional patient support to improve treatment outcome of TB patients, augment community involvement in meeting India’s commitment to end TB by 2025 and leverage Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) opportunities.
Presenting an overview of NTEP working toward a TB free Nagaland, WHO Medical Consultant Nagaland, Dr. Collins Z Sono said TB, is an infectious bacterial disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which most commonly affects the lungs, while other organs, except hair and nail, can also be affected.
The broad TB determinants are under-nourishment, HIV infection, alcohol use disorders, smoking and diabetes, said Dr. Sono.
Government of India’s commitment to end TB by 2025 is to find all TB cases with an emphasis on reaching every TB patient and treat all TB cases with high quality anti-TB drugs, he said.
It also aims to prevent the emergence of TB in susceptible populations and stop catastrophic expenditure due to TB, he said adding that the NTEP targets to build and strengthen support systems including enabling policies, empowered institutions and human resources with enhanced capacities.
(Page News Service)