World TB Day observed in State


Dimapur, March 28: Dimapur district observed World TB Day along with the rest of the world at Hotel Saramati under the theme “Wanted Leaders for a TB free world” with health workers and commercial pharmacists under Dimapur on March 24.
During the programme, Dr Talituba Ozukum, DTO Dimapur highlighted the scenario of TB cases in the district, and oriented the participants on Scheduled H1 Medicines as directed by the GoI.
With the recent issue of a gazetted notification by the Union Ministry in regard to penalization of unreported TB patients by health workers including pharmacists, Dr Talituba urged the commercial pharmacists to maintain a separate register for H1 drugs. Format for record register maintenance was also distributed. Reports of Scheduled H1 medicines will be collected from all pharmacies regularly. He further informed that GoI aims to eradicate TB from the country by 2025 and requested the health workers and also private pharmacists to take the leadership in this endeavour.
Dr K Vikato Kinimi as chief guest stated that we are fortunate to be in a generation where TB is curable and the Government of India is providing free diagnosis and free treatment to all TB patients. He urged the participants to assist the health department in giving systematic treatment to reduce the chances of resistance to TB medicine. He also requested the health workers and private pharmacists to take responsibility and continue educating the patients to complete the full course of TB medicine and help eradicate TB from our country.
World Tuberculosis Day was observed in Mokokchung at IMDH hall with Dr SS Akaba Longchar, chief medical officer, Mokokchung as the guest of honour.
In his speech, Longchar gave a clarion call to the NGOs , medical fraternity and social workers gathered at the program to unite and work together to end TB in the district and the state.
Giving a brief report on the activities and performance of RNTCP, Dr M Imyangluba, District Tuberculosis Officer said TB has become one of the highest killer disease not only in India but the entire world. He blamed low priority given to the disease, inadequate funding for research works to get more information about the disease as some of the leading factors why the disease has spread wide.
He enlightened the participants that TB is a communicable disease spread through cough, spitting by an infected person which could infect anyone without age limit. He said TB is not only a family problem but is a social problem, which could be prevented through their active cooperation.
He stated that health personnel and political leaders alone cannot achieve the target but requires the contributions from all walks of life because TB is a public health concern. He also went in to state that awareness campaign and an informed public will help in the effective application of the preventive measures.
He also said that uninterrupted supply of good quality medicine and a strong Political will of the state in combating this disease will be a game changer and will go a long way to wipe the disease from our land.
Earlier, the programme was chaired by Dr Medem Longkumer MS(IMDH), Yanglu Pongen.
(Page News Service)