Aizawl, Aug 13: Quarterly Review Meeting on TB Treatment in the State was held today at Health Directorate Conference Hall under the guidance of Dr. Rohmingthanga, Director of Health Services.
During April – June 2015, 539 were found infected with TB out of which 83% were cured. 39 people were found infected with both HIV and TB while 15 people contracted MDR-TB during the same period.
Mention was also made in the review meeting that during January – June 2015, 5612 people were examined out of which 1079 were found infected with TB; 10 people died, 83 people infected with both HIV and TB; 24 people infected with MDR-TB while 83% were cured.
Chief Guest in the review meeting, Dr. Rohmingthanga Ralte, Director of Health Services said that TB treatment programme RNTCP is a very good one as the workers are getting good facilities from the Central government. So, they need to work sincerely and enthusiastically to eradicate TB disease, he said.
Beyond this, it is important that those in the same department carry out their tasks in full cooperation for the success of their respective programmes, the Chief Guest said.
Since new cases of MDR-TB are still found, TB patients on their part also need to take medicine as per instruction. The dedication of the workers under TB Programme in this regard is appreciable, he said.
Among the various National Health Programmes, RNTC is the most regular one in holding meetings and so it deserves praise and is worth a model for others, Dr. Rohmingthanga said. In cleanliness too, it is thankful that Swachh Bharat is being carried out, he said, adding that in many cases, people are infected with diseases because of being unclean and negligent. It is necessary that even our mindset need to be clean, he said. A progress in this field would help us remain safe from different diseases and become healthier, he added. 40% of the people of India are known to be infected with TB. Meanwhile, if proper treatment is taken, TB is curable. Knowing this, it is not only meaningless to despise people infected with TB but rather it is everyone’s duty to give loving care and treatment to the TB patients, Dr. Rohmingthanga said.
Dr.K. Lalbiakzuala, Mission Director, National Health Mission, who also spoke in the Review Meeting, said that TB medicine is provided free of cost by the government and the treatment is given all over India in the same manner.
Moreover, as per Govt of India Notification, Private Hospital and Private Clinics are to give report to RNTCP if anyone infected with TB is found, he said, adding, collective effort is necessary to eradicate TB, he said. Dr. Vanzarliana, Medical Officer, STCS and Dr. Albert Lalhminghlua, Medical Officer, DR- TB Centre gave Power point presentation on the cases found in all the districts of the state and the treatment given thereof, including the treatment given to MDR-TB patients.
Besides District TB Officers, Senior Treatment Supervisors, Sr. DOT Plus Supervisor, Senior TB Laboratory Supervisors and DEO, WHO Consultant, Dr. Gautam Borgohain also attended the Review Meeting.