Monday, October 3, 2022

Sensitisation programme on TB patients


WHO consultant, Nagaland, Dr. Collins Zekotso Sono on Friday stressed on the need for community participation to remove tuberculosis (TB) discriminations among the people and to consider TB as “just another treatable communicable disease.”
Speaking at the programme on “sensitisation on community support for TB patients”, in the IDSP conference hall, department of Health & Family Welfare (H&FW), Dr. Sono while presenting an overview on National TB Elimination Program (NTEP) said community participation was very important to break the stigma of TB.
Pointing out that globally, India was estimated to have the highest tuberculosis infection rate, he said out of around 35-40 crore population, 26 lakh (18-36 lakh) were estimated to develop TB annually.
Dr. Sono said the risk of TB depended on several factors with the most important being immunological status, where the risk was increased more than 25 times among contacts of bacteriologically confirmed TB patients compared to general populations.
Presenting the community support for TB patients, WHO medical consultant, Assam, Dr. Palash Talukdar said as per current status (2020), the reduction in number of TB deaths were to be 36 per 100,000 while TB free India targeted by 2025 was 3 per 1,00,000 population.
He also stressed on the need to educate patients, caregivers and family members on completing drug/medicines prescribed to the patient and to ensure that she/he does not relapse to the treatment course.
Meanwhile, state programme officer, Dr. Tiasunup Pongener, who chaired the programme, also highlighted briefly on the history of TB in the state and appealed to the media to support and aid them on spreading the awareness and to help eliminate TB by 2025 as envisaged by the government of India.
It may be mentioned that India is committed to end TB by 2025, five years ahead of the global SDG target. Treatment of TB is free of cost in all the government health facilities.