RNTCP Nagaland to identify 4500 latent TB cases by Mar 2020

RNTCP Nagaland to identify  4500 latent TB cases by Mar 2020
Officials of Health and Family Welfare with Students of Christian Fellowship pose for lens during the observation of World TB Day at Rivenburgs Chapel Hall, Mission Compound, Kohima on March 24, 2019.

Kohima, March 23: Having diagnosed and brought around 4000 Tuberculosis (TB) under various stages of treatment in Nagaland, the State’s Health and Family Welfare Department is gearing up to identity at least 4500 latent TB patients to undergo treatment in the new fiscal starting April 1.
This was revealed by State Programme Officer for Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP), Dr Tiasunup Pongener while interacting with media persons during the observation of World TB Day on the theme “It’s Time” at Rivenburgs Chapel Hall, Mission Compound here Sunday. He said that the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) has set a target of having TB Free India by 2030 but the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has envisioned achieving it by 2025.
Therefore, he said that the RNTCP in Nagaland is targeting to identify at least 4500 TB patients between April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020 because once diagnosed and and put under proper treatment, TB is fully preventable and curable, which is provided free of cost in government hospital across the State.
Director of National Health Mission, Nagaland, Dr Kevichusa Medikhru as the special guest of the observation said TB is a major burden for the country.
Detection of around four lakh TB cases in 2016 has compelled the Central government to take strategic plan to eliminate the disease by 2025, he said.
Pointing that till some years back, TB was a dreaded disease as many infected people died because of lack of treatment, he said that today TB is controllable and curable.
The Government of India is fully supporting the fight against TB and even providing nutritional support to the patients, he said.
In this, the physician called for a concerted effort to create awareness among the general populace to take the challenge of eliminating the disease from the State as well.
“2025 target won’t be possible if left to the health workers alone”, he said while appealing “Together let us all fight to eradicate TB from our community”.
In her thematic message, Assistant Programme officer RNTCP, Dr Apichetla said TB day is observed every year to raise public awareness and understanding
about the world’s deadliest killer disease – TB and its devastating effect on health and socio-economic impact on people around the world.
Dwelling on the theme, she said it’s time to test and treat while also strengthening TB education and awareness among health care providers.
Expressing that many people don’t come forward for treatment because of stigma and discrimination in the society, she said “It’s time to speak up and it’s time to end stigma”.
“Stigma associated with TB disease may also place certain populations at higher risk. Stigma may keep people from seeking medical care or follow-up care for TB,” she added. PTI NBS
Giving an overview of RNTCP in Nagaland, she said launched on December 1, 2002, presently the State has State TB Cell under the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare while there are District TB Centres in every district and two Drug Resistant TB sites. There are 50 microscopy centres with co-located ICTCS and 9 CBNAAT testing sites with around 600 DOTS centres and providers in the State, she informed.
She said that TB can attack any part of the body, but the lungs are the most common site causing the following symptoms – persistent cough since past several weeks, pain in the chest, coughing up blood with sputum, weakness or fatigue, weight loss, loss of appetite, fever and sweating at night.
Everyone with TB should have access to rapid diagnosis, treatment and care as this is a matter of social justice, fundamental to WHO’s goal of universal health coverage, she said.
Expressing that ending TB requires concerted action by all sectors of our society to provide the right services, support and a safe environment in the right place, at the right time, she said, that everyone has a role to play in ending TB… individuals, communities, businesses, governments and societies must be accountable.
The programme chaired by Dr Tiasunup commenced with president of Students’ Christian Fellowship, H Chingpe Phom saying the invocation while Medical Officer RNTCP Dr Swuduvelu Ngully tendered the vote of thanks.
Meanwhile, allong with the rest of the world, World TB Day was observed in Peren on March 24 on the theme “Its time: End TB” at New Jalukie Baptist Church Peren District, organized by District Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) Peren in association with DAPCU Peren and Legacy Explorers.
Dr Supongmenla, District Program Officer, RNTCP along with her team attended the Sunday service. Addressing the gathering, Kengimngauleg, STS Peren highlighted about the Observance of World TB Day and gave a brief talk on the RNTCP scenario and highlighted on the cause of TB, how to detect-its signs and symptoms and its preventive measures and that a TB patients, medications should take a complete course of treatment.
She also highlighted about the facility available and the services provided through RNTCP. She specifically mentioned about the Nikshay Poshan Abhiyaan where nutritional support and incentives to TB patients are given. (Page News Service)