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‘More than 1,000 people die of tuberculosis every day’

To mark World Tuberculosis Day,the Ludhiana branch of Indian Medical Association identified slums in the city on Tuesday and is dividing them into 15 zones to undertake a campaign against the disease.

Written by Express News Service | Ludhiana |
March 25, 2009 1:49:31 am

To mark World Tuberculosis Day,the Ludhiana branch of Indian Medical Association (IMA) identified slums in the city on Tuesday and is dividing them into 15 zones to undertake a campaign against the disease.

A function was also held at the auditorium of the R & D Technical Institute today.

The event was a part of the ongoing ‘Anti-TB Awareness Week’ by IMA in slum areas of the city.

Dr S P S Sohal,Director Health Services,Punjab,was the chief guest at the function while civil surgeon Dr Satpal Sharma was the guest of honour.

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IMA President Dr Manoj Sobti presided over the function and delivered the welcome note.

While addressing the audience,Dr Sohal highlighted on the fact that tuberculosis kills more adults in India than any other infectious disease.

“More than 1,000 people die of TB in our country everyday. To tackle this problem,the National Tuberculosis Control Programme was launched in 1962 which now has been revised as Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP),” he said.

He added,“The goal of RNTCP is to cure minimum 85 per cent of the detected new sputum smear-positive patients and detect at least 70 per cent cases. If there are any symptoms of tuberculosis,one must get his or her sputum tested,” he said.

He said that the programme lays stress on public awareness about the disease.

Dr Satish Nauhria,RNTCP co-ordinator of IMA,said,“IMA has identified slums in the whole city which have been divided into 15 zones with an IMA incharge adopting the population of that zone. Awareness against TB,case detection and treatment would be done free of cost in collaboration with the Health Department.”

Civil Surgeon Dr S P Sharma appreciated the efforts of IMA while Dr Hardeep Singh,senior IMA vice-president,said that various volunteer organisations such as the Punjab Youth Forum and NSS units have been roped in for the cause.

Meanwhile,SPS Apollo Hospital organised a public awareness campaign for industrial workers at the Railson Tyres factory where Dr Akashdeep Singh,senior pulmonologist at the hospital,made certain observations.

“Tuberculosis remains a major public health problem in India. As many as 1.8 million people develop the disease every year and it is one of the leading causes of death – killing two persons every three minutes,nearly 1,000 everyday,” the doctor said. Over a thousand workers were present during the talk.

In this lecture,Dr Singh also told the patients how tuberculosis is caused,its mode of transmission and treatment.

“Anyone can get the disease. When someone with TB coughs,sneezes or talks,germs are spread into the air. You cannot get TB by shaking hands or from sharing food,dishes,linens or other objects,” he emphasised.

He also said that people with TB may show one or more of these symptoms: cough for over 3 weeks,weight loss,poor appetite,sweating at night,fever,chills,feeling tired or weak,pain in the chest and blood in the cough.

Singh also focused upon the benefits of DOTS strategy (Directly Observed Treatment,Short-course).

The College of Nursing at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital also organised a function to celebrate World Tuberculosis Day today which saw the participation of Medical Superintendent Dr B S Shah,principal of College of Nursing Dr Jasbir Kaur and RNTCP Nodal Officer Dr Sarit Sharma.

In his lecture on the theme of World TB Day,Dr Sarit Sharma brought out the grim condition.

“Despite vast efforts by the World Health Organisation as well as the Ministry of Health,TB still continues to be a major public health problem,” he said.

He stressed that the slogan “I am stopping TB” has been chosen to highlight the responsibility of every person in controlling tuberculosis. “Since its inception,more than 9.8 million patients have been treated under DOTS and 1.7 million additional lives saved,” said Dr Sarit.

This was followed by a presentation of seminars and a poster-making competition by the students under the guidance of Prabhjot Saini.

The winners were announced as Roopam Saini,Shavinder Kaur,Rachna Devi,Suresh Sharma and Gurpreet Kaur.

And the award goes to …
* Best RNTCP worker: Gurjeet Singh
* Best Lab technician: Pardeep Kumar,DTC Ludhiana
* Best field worker,DOT provider serving in slums: Rameshwar of Jamalpur area
* Best Medical Officer: Dr Amita Jain,Shivpuri
* Best IMA practitioner in RNTCP: Dr Neena Chawla,Chawla Nursing Home,Rahon Road
* Dharamveer Singh of Punjab Youth Forum and Balbir Singh Brara,incharge of the NSS unit at R&D Institute,were also honoured

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