Aizawl, Oct 29: During January – September 2015 i.e. in 9 months, 25 people in the State have died of Tuberculosis (TB), a report given in the 3rd Quarter Review Meeting today said.
Meanwhile, Mizoram is one of the best performing States in India in the initiative of Nikshay Entry under Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP), said Dr. K. Ropari, Principal Director, Health & FW Department under whose leadership the Quarterly Review Meeting was held.
She expressed thankfulness over the achievement that has been made.
Of the total 7595 people examined during January – September 2015, 1597 people were found infected while 25 people died. 134 people were found infected with both TB and HIV, 36 people found infected with MDR-TB while 82% TB patients were cured, the report had it.
Speaking at the Review Meeting which was held at I & PR Conference Hall and attended by District TB Officers and Medical Officers, Principal Director Dr. K. Ropari said it is necessary to ensure that the HIV patients go for a test if he or she is also infected with TB at the same time and likewise the TB patients should also do. This is because TB is the main cause of death for HIV patients, she said.
Dr. Gautam Borgohain, WHO Consultant and Dr. K. Lalbiakzuala, Mission Director (NHM) who also addressed the Review Meeting, chaired by State TB Officer Dr. Vanlalfela, said that construction is on for Culture & DST Laboratory at Falkawn for testing of samples.
They said that collective effort is needed to verify whether all tobacco smokers are infected with TB or not. They also underlined the importance of Financial Management System.
Dr. Zosangliani, Asst Programme Officer, STCS and Dr. Albert Lalhminghlua, Medical Officer, DR-TB Centre gave Power point presentation on TB treatment in each district of the State.
During the period under review i.e. during July – Sept 2015, 518 people were found infected with TB and were given treatment of which 82% were cured. 51 people were found infecting both HIV and TB.
72 children infected with TB are being given treatment and 12 people have been newly found infecting MDR-TB, it was also reported.