The 2nd quarterly review meeting of Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) was held on July 16 at Red Cross Conference Hall, Kohima.
A press release issued by Dr. KT Lotha State TB Officer (RNTCP), stated Nagaland had performed exceptionally well. The case detection rate reached an all time high of 93% (National target 70%) while cure rate remained at 90 %( National Target 80%). Out of the 3291 TB suspects examined during the last three months, 952 patients were registered for DOTS treatment. Default rate, which has always been a cause of concern for the programme was considerably less with only 3% this time. Re-treatment case was also kept low at 4% only. Kohima, Dimapur, Wokha, Tuensang, Mon and Mokokchung were among the best performing Districts, stated the press release.
Dr. Palash Talukdar, the recently appointed RNTCP North East Consultant sensitized the Districts TB Officers who were present in the meeting on External Quality Assurance (EQA). The press release also mentioned that RNTCP placed high importance on EQA, which was a process to ensure good quality sputum Microscopy. He also stressed on the importance of TB/HIV cross referral activities which needed to be strengthened.
The State TB Officer anticipated that with the Quarter’s performance, Nagaland would be placed among the best performing state at the national level. Earlier, the programme was chaired by Dr. John Sweyievisa, Joint Director, DHFW, Dr. K T Lotha, State TB Officer presented a brief presentation on 2nd quarter state performance. The meeting was attended by all officers and staff of State TB Cell and the district TB centres.