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ARK Foundation conducts TB awareness programme

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 11/13/2019 11:26:40 AM IST

Access to Rights and Knowledge (ARK) Foundation conducted a TB awareness programme with the inmates of Kohima District Jail on November 13 with an objective to impart basic information about TB prevention and treatment.

A press release from ARK Foundation president, Ketho Angami stated that, Renbo, ARK foundation, spoke on the basics of TB and how it affected an individual’s health. According to him, TB is an air borne infectious disease which is spread from a person to person when a person with TB coughs, sneezes, shout or sings. 

He added that TB affects the lungs and also other parts of the body which resulted in loss of appetite, weight loss, continuous cough and night fever resulting in night sweats. 

TB can also infect people whose immune system is compromised due to reasons like diabetes, old age, and who are already infected with HIV, he added. 

Dr Apechitla, asst pro officer, RNTCP also spoke on the types of TB test which included sputum test and X rays following which treatments are given accordingly. She also mentioned that the usual course for the regular TB was six months. 

However, due the course of time and also after a proper diagnosis of the type of the TB infection, she said that the treatment may be with different class of drugs and the duration of the treatment will be also more than 24 months. 

She mentioned that all these services were provided free of cost by the government through the TB control program.

Ketho and Nochet also spoke on the financial assistance provided by the government during the course of the treatment, importance of healthy lifestyle and proper adherence to the treatment.

Asst jailer, Teisi, lauded the initiatives of ARK foundation and urged them to conduct such similar programmes even in the future.

Organizers also distributed information pamphlets relating to HIV and TB. Ketho Angami, president ARK Foundation chaired the programme. 

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