State TB cell of the Revised National TB Control Programme,(RNTCP) directorate of health and family welfare (DH & FW) Nagaland observed ‘World TB Day’ on March 24 Zonal Council Hall, Kohima by organizing a sensitization programme with the lecturers and teachers of Kohima town.
In his introductory speech, chairperson, Dr. John Sweyievisa, joint director, directorate of health and family welfare reminded the crowd that TB was an old disease also referred to as “wasting disease” in the book of Leviticus in the Bible.
He explained that it was only 129 years ago on March 24 that Robert Koch, a German Scientist discovered TB germ or the Micro Bacterium Tuberculosis.
State TB officer, Dr K T Lotha in his presentation gave a brief picture on the nature of TB Disease.
Mentioning about RNTCP and the programmme scenario in Nagaland, he said Nagaland as a state, has been consistently achieving the national targets set by the programme, and that for the last 4 years, the state has been able to bag the Top 5 position in terms of its performance.
The thematic message for 2011 “On the Move against TB- Transforming the fight towards elimination “was delivered by Dr. Apichetla, medical officer state TB Cell.
She stressed that ‘World TB Day 2011’ was part of a two-year campaign, ‘On the move against tuberculosis’ whose goal was to inspire innovation in TB research and care and that every step we take should be a step towards TB elimination.
She also urged lecturers and teachers present to disseminate the necessary information to all the Student Community. During the course of the programme, DOT providers who serve as volunteers in RNTCP shared their experiences with the patients.
A testimony was also shared by a former patient, who has been completely cured because of Directly Observed Treatment Short Course Chemotherapy (DOTS) treatment, a heart of RNTCP wherein a DOT provider who can be a volunteer from the community administers drugs to a patient in their presence thus ensuring compliance to treatment.
Interaction with the crowd followed towards the end, where several queries were put forward and resolved.