Along with the rest of the world, Wokha district health & family welfare department observed ‘World TB Day’ on March 24 in a simple function at the DC’s conference hall, organized by district TB control society (under RNTCP) Wokha, under the theme: I AM STOPPING TB: ‘Fighting TB is the Responsibility of every Citizen’, with deputy commissioner Wokha, Wepretso Mero, who is also the chairman of district TB control society, Wokha, as chief guest.
The chief guest in his address on the occasion, stressed “the theme (I AM STOPPING TB: ‘Fighting TB is the Responsibility of every Citizen’) has really challenged the people, and it is not only the responsibility of the medical officers alone, but for the officers/official and public leaders to create awareness among the public about TB and to avail the treatment facilities being given, especially to the rural folk.”
The Chief Guest also expressed happiness that many, especially the educated and the advanced, could turn-up for the programme, and emphasized that people from rural areas like VCCs, women groups should be invited to take part when such programmes, in the future as it would create wide publicity in the rural areas.
He further said although TB is a killer disease, today medical technology has come up with an effective drugs, that has made the disease curable if treated properly, ‘free of cost’.
District TB officer, Dr. Robin Mozhui, highlighting the implementation of RNTCP in Wokha district since the year 2002, said although TB is a preventable and curable disease, it remains a global emergency, which calls for a unified action on all levels to work towards a world finally free of TB. The programme was chaired by the chief medical officer (CMO) Wokha, Dr. N. Mhabemo Kithan, invocation prayer by Rev. L.K. Tsanglao, pastor WTBC, welcome address by Dr. Motsuthung, ZLO and vote of thanks proposed by deputy CMO, Wokha Dr. W.N. Ezung.
The programme was attended by other officers and NGOs besides testimonies by cured patients, as well medical officers and other administrative officers of Wokha district, private practitioners, NGOs, DBs & GBs, public leaders; staff of state TB cell, Kohima and medical department Wokha and public.