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Nagaland observes World Tuberculosis (TB) Day

KOHIMA/DIMAPUR, MAR 24 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/24/2019 12:03:00 PM IST

World Tuberculosis (TB) Day is observed on March 24 to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of TB, and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic. The date marks the day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the bacterium that causes TB, which opened the way towards diagnosing and curing this disease.

Following are reports of programs organized to make the day in Nagaland.

Dimapur: World Tuberculosis (TB) Day was observed in Dimapur, organized by the Revised National TB Control Program (RNTCP), at Chavara Home, Nahabari, on March 24, in Dimapur. 

Addressing the gathering as chief guest, CMO, Dimapur, Dr. Vikato Kinimi, stated that main reason for TB fatalities is because of irregular and inadequate medication. He said that TB is a disease that cannot take the life of an infected person if timely and proper medication is administered.

He also stated that the RNTCP has been providing free medicine and treatment for those suffering from TB in Dimapur, and encouraged people to avail this free treatment and spread the word. 

Dr. Vikato further stated that a person who is always weak or suffering from HIV has very high chances of being infected by TB due to low immunity. He thus encouraged the gathering to eat healthy and maintain their health. 

MO, Dr. Sangpanger, highlighted the activities of the RNTCP, where he said that in the year 2018, 1537 cases were registered, out of which 695 have completed the treatment. 52 patients did not turn up for the final evaluation after completion of their course and 23 cases were yet to be followed up. Out of the 1537 registered cases, 16 cases of deaths were registered. 

According to Dr. Sangpanger, the RNTCP office for Dimapur district is located at Super Market and he encouraged Dimapur denizens to avail the free treatment and medicines.

A short speech was also delivered by chairwomen, VC Nahabari, Tokheli Kikon. 

The program was compeered by DTO, Dr. Kavito and vote of thanks delivered by senior TB lab supervisor, Kekuoseno. 

Various special numbers were also presented during the program. (Staff Reporter)

Longleng: District Health Society (DHS) Longleng commemorated “World Tuberculosis Day” at Oukshok Church under the theme “It’s Time” on March 24, led by Dr Lanuchuba DTO and RNTCP staff.

A press release from CMO office district media officer, Roseline stated that Dr. Lanuchuba, in his keynote address, spoke about the significance of the day and the theme. He stressed on the Prime Minister’s commitment to eliminate TB from India by 2025, and how the government was implementing a national strategic plan to this end. 

He also gave some facts on tuberculosis, early warning signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, causes, prevention, TB vaccination, risk factors, complications, etc. He appealed to the participants to encourage TB patients to get treated and not to stigmatize them. The DTO also informed them that under the Nikshay Poshan Yojana, TB patients get Rs 500 for nutrition support every month till the completion of treatment. 

IEC leaflets in the local dialect were also distributed in the Church premises.  

Mon: Mon celebrated “World TB Day 2019” at Chapel Hall, District Hospital Mon under the theme, “Its Time” on March 24.

A press release from NHM, Mon, media officer, Leeyan Chemshy stated that Dr. Tinenlo James Katwa, DTO Mon spoke in the program and said that knowledge of TB was the only weapon to get rid of this dreadful disease and so the truth and facts about it should be learnt.

He also emphasized on the theme and asked the people to get tested, treat latent TB infections, speak up and do away with stigma. He requested the participants to refer anyone in and around them showing symptoms of severe cough for testing immediately. Dr. Tinenlo also dwelt on the Nikshay Poshan Yojana, a monthly financial assistance scheme for TB patients.

Khangku, shared his testimony of how he got diagnosed with TB and the hurdles that came along. 

Staff from Shansham Organisation, Turning Point, DAPCU and district hospital Mon were present in the program chaired by Loshon Wangshu. A vote of thanks was given by Mark, STLS, Aboi.

Peren: Peren district observed “World TB Day 2019” at New Jalukie Baptist Church Peren, organized by the district Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program (RNTCP) Peren in association with DAPCU Peren and Legacy Explorers on March 24.

A press release from CMO office, district media officer Pezanguno Celine Secii stated that 

Kengimngauleg, STS Peren, highlighted some facts about the day and gave a brief talk on the RNTCP scenario. She also highlighted the facilities and services available with the RNTCP. Kengimngauleg also spoke about Nikshay Poshan Abhiyaan scheme which gives nutritional support and incentives to TB patients. Dr Supongmenla, district program officer, RNTCP along with her team also attended the program.

Zunheboto: RNTCP, Zunheboto organized a World TB Day program on March 24, at South Point-E fellowship, Zunheboto under the theme “It’s Time”.

A press release from CMO office Zunheboto district media officer, Shekho Sophie stated that RNTCP, Zunheboto, DTO, Dr. G. Viholi, highlighted the significance of the day. She noted that the Day was designed to improve public awareness about the consequences of TB, and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic. 

She shared some facts about early warnings signs and early detection steps. Dr. Viholi said that TB was a major concern for people living with HIV (PLHIV) as their impaired immune systems make them particularly vulnerable to the disease. Providing the right care & support to PLHIV with TB co-infection remains a priority to reduce related morbidity and mortality. 

Deputy CMO, Dr. Akaho, in his short speech, said TB was a virus infectious disease which is transmitted through the air, water and food.  He said that to eradicate the disease, people should come together to learn about TB. The program was attended by Church workers, youth, stakeholders, the medical fraternity and IEC bureau.

Akavi N Yeptho, TB & HIV supervisor, chaired the program and a vote of thanks was said by Anatoli Kiba, STS, RNTCP.

Khotovi, convenor, Southpoint-E fellowship invoked God’s blessings, and Vika Zhimo, Sunday School supervisor SBCZ, pronounced the benediction.

Earlier, to create more awareness a poster campaign was carried out in local taxis, launched by District Hospital, Zunheboto medical superintendent, Dr. Khehokhu Chishi.

Wokha: District Health Society, H&FW Wokha, in collaboration with Thera Welfare Society (TWS) NGO, observed World Tuberculosis Day with Vungoju Sector Church Sunday-school children under the theme “Its Time” on March 24. 

A press release from NHM, district media officer, Mhonbeni Ezung stated that the event was organized to create awareness in children through audio visual aids on the TB disease.

District Tuberculosis Officer (DTO), Dr. Benchilo Ngullie, speaking on the theme, stated that children should improve their immunity status by maintaining healthy diets to avoid the TB disease. She also shared on services available in the district for quality diagnosis and treatment given free of cost by the government. 

Dr. Zuben Kikon, deputy CMO in his short speech, encouraged everyone present to join hands to eliminate TB. A cured TB child shared her testimony.

Tuberculosis

 More than 1 million cases per year (India)

 Partly preventable by vaccine

 Treatable by a medical professional

 Spreads easily

 Requires a medical diagnosis

 Medium-term: resolves within months

 Diagnosis and treatment is free in all Government Health Centres

Symptoms

 Persistent coughs for several weeks

 Pain in the chest,

 Weight loss,

 Appetite Loss,

 Coughing up blood with sputum,

 Weakness or fatigue,

 Fever and night sweats.

The program was chaired by Dr. Khelito Zhimomi DPO (RCH/UIP). Around 540 children present at the program pledged to support the goal of TB elimination by 2025. Earlier, Mhayani Kikon, Sunday School superintendent, invoked God’s blessing and Khoshako Humtsoe pronounced the benediction. Also, commemorating World TB Day, a poster campaign was carried out on March 23, where health personnel pasted TB posters on all public transport vehicles in Wokha town.

KDTBHS: Kohima District TB Health Society (KDTBHS) commemorated “World TB Day” at Oblige Hostel, Don Bosco School Colony along with Aspen and Rutsa Hostels on March 24. 

A press release from Kohima district TB office stated that Dr. Asunu Thong, TB officer, shared on the theme, “Its Time” to eliminate TB. She said that that diagnosis and treatment of TB is now available at one’s doorstep free of cost, so every patient should avail these facilities. 

Neiphrelie, DOTS Plus TB-HIV supervisor chaired the program; invocation prayer was led by Khrotsulu, Oblige Hostel warden; and Mezhulhoubeilie, a cured TB patient, shared his TB journey. GB of the colony, Khrutuolie Yhome, also spoke in the program and thanked the RNTCP staff. Vote of thanks was given by Vibei Chuse, senior treatment supervisor.

74 students along with their wardens, colony people and their colony GBs participated along with staff of RNTCP. Small gifts were given to the hostels, GB and the cured TB patients to acknowledge their presence and participation. Sputum mugs were also distributed to colony Angawadi workers so they can identify and collect sputum samples from sick people for early diagnosis and treatment.


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