April 21, 2009 3:16:12 am
The TB India 2008 RNTCP (Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme) status report has adjudged the Union Territory of Chandigarh as one of the top five states/UTs in the country for its success rate in countering tuberculosis.
The report,brought out by the Union Health ministry,has marked the success rate of Chandigarh at 86 per cent in 2008.
Director,Health and Family Welfare-cum-Mission Director,National Rural Health Mission (NRHM),Dr Manjit Singh Bains said Chandigarh has consistently achieved the distinction since January 25,2002 the day when the tuberculosis control programme was launched here.
While lauding the UT Administration for introducing effective decentralisation of the programme,Dr Bains said: It is a matter of pride for Chandigarh that targets,both in terms of detection and cure of TB,have been consistently achieved.
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Dr P K Shridhar,Nodal Officer,National Rural Health Mission said that in 2008,13,937 patients were examined for sputum diagnosis of which 1,793 were found positive.
In 2008,the total annual detection rate was 243 per lakh. There were only two per cent deaths recorded among the 2400-odd patients put on treatment in one year,added Dr Shridhar.
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