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More World TB day reports

DIMAPUR/MOKOKCHUNG | Publish Date: 3/25/2019 12:09:58 PM IST

World TB day was celebrated in Nagaland with the rest of the world, on March 24. Following are some more reports of its observance from across the state.

Tuli: RNTCP under District Tuberculosis Centre, Mokokchung celebrated World Tuberculosis day at Tuli town Baptist Church, under the theme, “It’s time for action to end TB”, on March 24, with Imsongmeren, ADC, Tuli as special invitee.

Addressing the gathering of civil societies, youth and Church leaders of Tuli town, Dr. M. Imyangluba Ao, District TB officer said the day was observed annually in order to raise public awareness and with an aim to stop the societal stigma and discrimination faced by people affected with TB.

He spoke about RNTCP activities and various benefits launched by the government for people affected by TB. He said the district has five DMCs where an individual can visit for check-ups. Dr. Imyangluba reported that the government has launched many beneficial programs to fulfil financial and nutritional needs of TB patients and their families.

Dr. Chubala Aier, Chief Medical Officer, in her short speech thanked Church leaders for giving the medical team an opportunity to use the Church platform to sensitize and spread TB awareness.  

She also appealed to affected communities, civil society organizations, health-care providers, and national/international partners to unite forces to eradicate the disease.

Imsongmeren, in his speech said that the disease thrives mostly among marginalized people and groups such as migrants, refugees, ethnic minorities, the elderly etc. Tuli as a developing town, he said, has people from these groups in the town. He therefore appealed to the people to dedicate themselves towards preventing and eradicating TB from Tuli town.

The program was chaired by Dr. Imlinaro, SMO Tuli; invocation was said by Rongsenmeren, pastor TTBA. A special number was also presented by Imnasenla and Opangmenla. Dr. Takosunep, proposed the vote of thanks. 

Kiphire: District Health Society (DHS) Kiphire, through its RNTCP, observed World TB Day with tribal councils and public leaders at CHC Pungro on March 24 and kicked off Intensive Case Finding in the district.

A press release from STS, RNTCP Kiphire, Ajamo Tsopoe stated that special guest, EAC Pungro, Wiridin spoke on the significance of World TB Day and expressed his appreciation to the medical department for their sincere efforts to curb the TB menace. Liking the medical staff to missionaries, he urged them to be sincere and punctual in performing duties.

DTO Kiphire, Dr. Hedungkiebe, speaking on the theme “It’s time to end TB”, added that it was time to: spread public awareness, end stigma and discrimination and to act. He also spoke about TB and its burden in the district and in other parts of the world while stating that the government was a facilitator of health care services and not the sole provider. He appealed to the public to alleviate health burdens through active participation.

TB champion, Ahoshe, gave an emotional life testimony about him conquering the dreaded disease despite many personal difficulties. Public Forum Pungro sub division president, Kiusumew, and GB president, Shahoto also spoke on the occasion.

The program was chaired by Kiselem; invocation prayer was offered by catechist, Throngji; a song was presented by CHC staff Pungro; and a vote of thanks was proposed by MO CHC, Dr. Hynilo, followed by a mass prayer and a luncheon.

Phek: The Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program (RNTCP) Phek observed World TB Day on March 24 at Upper Khomi village under the theme “It’s Time”.

A press release from district media officer Phek, Kutolu Nakro stated that District Tuberculosis Officer (DTO) Phek, Dr. Ruokuohelie Rutsa in his keynote address gave a brief presentation on the present scenario and burden of TB in India, particularly in Phek district. He urged community leaders to come forward to help identify and  clear hurdles and supervise treatment in order to eradicate TB from society. He also stressed on the importance of removing stigma and discrimination associated with certain diseases, particularly TB.

In an interaction session with the participants, many TB related queries and doubts were cleared by the DTO and staff. The program was chaired by senior PMDT supervisor, Vezotalu Shijoh; invocation was pronounced by pastor Husapa Ruho; a welcome address was delivered by VCC Upper Khomi, Husucho Nienu; a vote of thanks was proposed by VCM, Vevoyi Sani; and the program concluded with a benediction by Nusucholu. It was attended by around 250 participants comprising of village council members, teachers, youth, students, and community members working in different capacities.

Tuensang: Along with the rest of the world, Tuensang district observed world TB day at Noklak CHC on March 24. 

A press release from District Media Officer, Tuensang, Apheang, stated that DTO Tuensang, Dr. Kiholi spoke on the influence of various government initiatives to end TB by 2025 and also, that Noklak block has been targeted to become a ‘TB free block.’ To achieve the target, the staff will be undertaking intensified awareness programs and screenings in every village under the block in the next few months and he requested the community to participate and cooperate. 

The program was compeered by SMO Noklak, Dr. Victor and a special number was presented by student nurses of Tuensang.

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