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TB still an epidemic in developing countries
Published on 25 Mar. 2011 12:12 AM IST
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‘World TB Day’ was on March 24 in various places in the state. The day which is marked every year is designed to build public awareness that tuberculosis today remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing deaths of several million people each year, mostly in developing countries.
MOKOKCHUNG: Mokokchung on Thursday joined the rest of the world in commemorating ‘World TB Day’ at Imkongliba Memorial District Hospital conference hall under the slogan ‘On the move against tuberculosis’ and under the theme “Transforming the fight towards elimination”.
A brief but impressive function in Mokochung was attended by deputy commissioner Mokokchung and chairperson district TB Control Society, Mokokchung, Lithrongla G. Chishi, officials of IMDH led by CMO Mokokchung, private practitioners and nurses.
Speaking at the program, Lithrongla lauded the members of the society for their hard work and dedication in controlling TB. She said it was an uphill task as stigma still persists in society. However she reiterated that TB was curable, but with a little care.
Calling upon doctors, nurses and workers to put in special efforts for TB related cases, DC said it was up to them to make the patient understand more about TB and eradicate the disease.
She also gave a clarion call to rededicate themselves in the fight towards the elimination and TB free world.
District TB officer, Mokokchung, Dr. Chuba highlighted the achievements of the program and MDR while vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Bendang, CMO Mokokchung.
Meanwhile, district TB officer Mokokchung, Dr. Chuba in an informal interaction with the media after the program disclosed that Mokokchung has a case detection at the rate of 139/lac and that there were around 378 persons availing DoT treatment from the hospital.
Dr. Chuba also added the success rate of TB patients is more than 90% in Mokokchung. Another unique feature at Mokokchung unlike other parts of the state with regard to DoT treatment is that the department conducts home visitation to the patients if they fail to turn up in time to ensure the patient receives proper medications on time.
Dr. Chuba also disclosed that failures of the first line of treatment would now be introduced to the second line of treatment (MDR) in order to achieve total success in treating TB patients.
PHEK: Along with rest of the world, TB Day was observed at town hall, Phek organized by Emmanuel Hospital Association (EHA), Chakhesang Women Welfare Society (CWWS) in collaboration with RNTCP, Phek, under the theme ‘On the move against tuberculosis- transforming the fight towards elimination’.
The occasion was graced by Dr. Imtimeren Jamir, principal director, health and family welfare. Dr. Imtimeren stressed the need of the community to be aware and take prevention and precaution.
He said TB could be cured with treatment available in all the hospitals free of cost. He encouraged the participants to spread awareness and get sputum test and get treated.
Deputy commissioner, Mikha Lomi, NCS delivering the key note address emphasized on the advancement technology, where by TB was considered as a dreadful disease, can be treated and cured completely. He also spoke on the importance of creating awareness in the entire interior village.
Dr. K. Sorhie, district TB officer, Phek spoke on magnitudes of TB in the state and in Phek district, where he stated that the rate of success of TB treatment was 90% and the detection rate 38%.
Sekhapo, a TB treated cured patient, spoke on his testimonial and exhorted the community to get their sputum tested and get treatment at the earliest.
Mesewehi, contestant of Naga Idol 6 finalist also presented a special number. Atsole Ritse, representative of CWWS in her short message stressed on women’s health, where she said health issues faced by women was double fold and stressed on the need to maintain one’s health.
A slogan competition for students was also conducted on the theme ‘On the move against tuberculosis- transforming the fight towards elimination’.
The winners were awarded with certificate and a cash prize. More than 500 participants from all walks of life, students’ community, women’s group, GB, Dobashis, medical fraternity, government officers and elders of Phek town attended the programme.
TUENSANG: Tuensang with the rest of the world observed ‘World Tuberculosis Day’ on Thursday in a solemn function held at District Tuberculosis centre.
The programme was chaired by district tuberculosis officer, Dr. Moa who spoke on the theme ‘On the move against Tuberculosis’. While expressing gratitude to those present, he encouraged them to work with zeal and sincerity to eradicate TB from Tuensang by 2015.
Also present in the programme were Pathologist Dr. Tochi, senior Gynaecologist Dr. Pangjung and medicine specialist Dr. Moathung from District Hospital Tuensang. The programme was also attended by NGOs and topics on precautions on prevention, awareness on TB etc were discussed.
MON: Along with the rest of the world Mon celebrated World Tuberculosis Day on March 24 with the theme ‘On the move against tuberculosis...transforming the fight towards elimination’ at DC’s Conference Hall with deputy commissioner Mon, Dinesh Kumar IAS as chief guest.
Speaking on the occasion, DC Mon lauded DTO and staff for effectively implementing the RNTCP (Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme) programme in Mon. He said awareness should be spread about the RNTCP programme even in the remotest village.
He also stressed on the co-relation between HIV and AIDS and tuberculosis.
DTO Mon, Imyangluba Ao highlighted the theme and activities of RNTCP at Mon. Short speeches were delivered by DOTs providers Yuhwang, fellowship pastor Papong, James, teacher Shangnyu, Yanghoi, pastor Longhop and Yuching pastor.
Tseminyu: Chief medical officer Kohima Dr. L. Ralte along with deputy CMO, programme officers Kohima, medical officers of Tseminyu and staff of RNTCP Kohima district observed ‘World TB Day’ with the community of Gukhanyu village (Tseminyu).
Dr. L. Ralte addressing the community said TB was an ancient disease, but curable today.
She encouraged the community to find innovative ways of raising awareness about TB and to provide support from members of the community to people affected by TB and help members of the community to gain access to TB diagnosis and treatment.
TB programme has saved millions of lives every year around the world and one has to step up action today to break the barrier to a world free of TB, she added.
Dr. Vezokholu district TB officer’s topic was ‘On the move against TB-transforming the fight towards elimination of TB’. She emphasized on the campaign challenges of TB programme drive of universal access to TB care and made mention of related access to TB and HIV services.
She added that in the year 2010, in Kohima district 740 patients underwent Sputum examination, of which 476 patients were registered in 2010 for TB treatment and achieved treatment success rate of 93% among 532 TB patient registered in 2009.
Quiz competition on TB with the community, health camp and prize distribution were also conducted.
WOZHURO: ‘World TB Day’ was observed under the theme ‘On the move against tuberculosis transforming the fight towards elimination’, organized by Thera Welfare Society at Wozhuro in collaboration with RNTCP Wokha.
Yanpemo Tungoe of Phiro Village Chairman was the chief guest and Dr. Robin Mozhui spoke on the theme and TB related issues.
ICTC/PPTCT of PHC Wozhuro. Key leaders from all villages in the area participated in the programme.
Chairperson of the society expressed gratitude to district TB officer Wokha for supporting in the conduct of the programme.

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