The 44th designated microscopy centre (DMC) cum DOTS centre under the revised national TB control programme (RNTCP), directorate of health and family welfare, Nagaland, would soon start functioning at Christian Institute of Health Science Research (CIHSR), Dimapur.
At a sensitization programme that was held at the premises of the CIHSR on July 22, Dr. Viu Meru, administrator (CIHSR) welcomed the gathering while the North East RNTCP Consultant, Dr. Palash Talukdar briefed the doctors and nurses of CIHSR about the treatment regime of DOTS. A brief presentation was given by Dr. K T Lotha, state TB officer on the state’s programme performance followed by an interaction session. With the opening of DMC at CIHSR, patients coming from different corners of the state would be able to access free sputum microscopy and DOTS treatment, which was the chief purpose of the Programme. This initiative of including a non-governmental health facility in the Programme was first of its kind in the State. The programme officer, meanwhile, expressed optimism at the prospect of catering to a larger populate through this Institute.
The Programme was well attended by Dr. Sedevi Angami, medical superintendent, (CIHSR), David Chandran, associate director, Dr. Viu Meru, administrator (CIHSR),
Dr. Palash Talukdar, North East RNTCP consultant, Dr. John Sweyievisa, joint director (DHFW), Dr. K T Lotha, state TB officer along with doctors, nurses of CIHSR and officers and staff of state TB cell and district TB centre Dimapur.