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World TB Day observed in Nagaland, Dimapur has highest number of TB patients in Nagaland
Correspondent/DIPR KOHIMA
Published on 25 Mar. 2010 12:12 AM IST
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Commemorating World TB Day, a sensitization programme on TB for church leaders was held at Zonal Council Hall Kohima on Wednesday. Organized by Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP), the programme was attended by representatives from various churches in Kohima, NGOs, medical officials and DOT service providers.
Speaking on the theme “On the move against Tuberculosis- innovate to accelerate action” Dr. Vezokholü, DTO Kohima called upon the gathering to collectively find new ways and bring about change in eradicating TB. Dr. Vezokholü further called upon church leaders to disseminate information about TB to their congregation. She said that training of pharmacists, DOT providers, ASHAs, councilors, and private practitioners was very important to disseminate correct information and also in treating the patients.
State TB Officer, Dr. K.T. Lotha said World TB day was a day to renew the collective commitment to stop TB and emphasize the call for concerted action globally, nationally and locally. Dr. Lotha stated India had highest TB burden country accounting more than one-fifth of global incidence. He appraised the gathering that RNTCP was started in Nagaland in 2002, and has treated about 15612 patients. DOT providers from different colonies shared their experiences, while two TB cured patients also shared their experiences. Nagaland formally launched RNTCP on December 1, 2002. So far 15612 patients have been registered and put under different categories of DOTS regimen.
DIMAPUR: Joining the rest of the country, Dimapur district observed World TB Day. The programme was jointly organized by Dimapur District TB Centre and Christian Institute of Health and Science Research (CIHSR).
Speaking on the theme of world TB Day ‘On the move against Tuberculosis-innovative to accelerate action’, District Tuberculosis Officer, Dr. Khelito highlighting success of DOTs programme in Dimapur said since implementation of Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) in Dimapur, the programme have been achieving the national target of 70% case detection rate and 85% cure were registered every year. In 2009, the district has achieved 93% case detection rate and 88% cure rate where 937 patients were registered in the district TB centre. She said that Dimapur district has the highest number of TB cases in the state and called upon the people of the district to join hands to continue to fight against the dreaded disease. Associate Director CIHSR, Dr. Abraham Joseph, speaking on the importance of examination of sputum in the diagnosis of TB said Dimapur being the highest TB prevalent district in the state the need of the hour was for people from different sections like government and NGOs to work together as a team to fight against TB.
MOKOKCHUNG: World TB Day in Mokokchung was observed at office of District TB Officer, Mokokchung on the theme “Innovation” and with slogan “On the move against Tuberculosis innovate to accelerate action”. Dr. Chubatemsu DTO Mkg spoke at the program about the significance of the day with performance report wherein he stated that India recorded presence of highest number of TB patients which called for a concerted action from one and all in order to eradicate the problem of TB. DTO further added that though RNTCP program started in the fourth quarter of 2002, TB patients still fail to avail timely access, accurate diagnosis and effective treatment. He lamented that it was all due to prevalence of stigma in the society. DTO also said that in order to reach the global target this year basing on the theme, they have invited cured TB patients since 2003 to be a partner to fight against TB.
ZUNHEBOTO: Programme on World TB day was also held at CHC Pughoboto on Wednesday with Dr. K. Chishi, DTO Zunheboto, STS RNTCP Zunheboto as resources person. In his key note address, Dr. K. Chishi, DTO Zunheboto stressed on the theme ‘innovation’ while STS RNTCP spoke on DOTS sure cure for Tuberculosis and its impact after which a short interaction was held. The programme was well attended by public leaders, pastors of various churches, GB’s and DB’s.
MON: Mon district observed the day at DC’s Conference Hall with ADC Mon, Sara R. Ritse as the chief guest. Addressing the gathering, Ritse explained about two-way traffic for cure of TB that required public to come forward to learn as doctors, medical staff and NGOs leaders were well acquainted and educated in fighting against diseases like TB, HIV and AIDS etc. Speech on the theme topic and activities of RNTCP at Mon district was highlighted by resource person, Dr. Imyangluba Ao, DTO Mon.
KIPHIRE: World TB day was also observed at Kiphire with SDO civil Angelina Tajen as the chief guest. She urged the department and the public to be innovative to fight against TB. CMO Dr. Sungit exhorted the public for active participation in solving the problem of TB in the district. Dr. Tali Ozukum DTO talked on TB awareness and the scenario of RNTCP.

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