More reports on World TB Day

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 3/25/2021 1:28:06 PM IST

With the rest of the world, Nagaland observed “World Tuberculosis Day” under the theme, “The Clock is Ticking” on March 24 to raise public awareness about the epidemic of tuberculosis (TB).

Kiphire: Kiphire observed the World TB Day at Government Higher Secondary School (GHSS) Kiphire with T. Yangseo Sangtam, MLA as the special guest. Speaking at the occasion, Sangtam appreciated the health facilitators, ASHA workers for playing a vital role in data collection and disseminating information about National Tuberculosis Control Program (NTCP) so as to help eradicate TB in the district. He appealed the students and various stakeholders to work together to spread information about the program and get free treatment and live a TB free life. 

M.O of District Hospital Kiphire, Dr. Holiba. A. Anar while speaking on the theme said the world leaders in the year 2020 envisaged to eliminate TB by 2030 and that India was trying to eliminate the disease by 2025.

Anar said Kiphire is the only district in Nagaland to compete in sub-national TB free status and was awarded bronze medal with certificate fulfilling the criteria of being 20% total case reduction since 2015. Chairperson of the programme, PMDT supervision, NTEP, Ajamo Tsopoe informed that free diagnostic and treatment facilities were available in DHK and CHC Pungro. 

Kohima: District TB officer and staff of the National TB Elimination Program, Kohima district observed World TB Day on March 24 at Viphoma Village. 

In short sensitisation programme held at the Council Hall, CMO Dr Vezokholu Theyo called for community participation to eliminate TB. She said that TB is completely curable if treated properly and on time. District TB Officer, Dr Asunu Thong spoke on the theme adding that India has taken a stand to eliminate TB by 2025 although it is one of the most TB burdened country in the world. She urged the people to do away with the stigma associated with TB as it can affect anyone, but instead encourage and guide those in need.  Deputy CMO and district immunization officer, Dr Rupert Peseyie encouraged people above 60 years and 45 years and above with co-morbidities to take the COVID vaccine to safeguard their health. 

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