Srinagar 25 March :
World Tuberculosis Day, observed on 24 March each year, is designed to build public awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis (TB) and efforts to eliminate the disease.
World TB 2018 day focused on building commitment to end TB, not only at the political level with Heads of State and Ministers of Health, but at all levels from Mayors, Governors, parliamentarians and community leaders, to people affected with TB, civil society advocates, health workers, doctors or nurses, NGOs and other partners.
The highly infectious disease of tuberculosis (TB) continues to remain a major health concern with over 10, 322 cases detected in 2017, health officials said on Saturday.
“We have registered a total of 10, 322 persons with TB in 2017 who were detected, notified and given treatment,” said State Tuberculosis Officer Dr Showkat Ali Looloo, at an event at Government Dental College and Hospital Srinagar. The event was organized by State Tuberculosis Control Society Kashmir and District TB Centre Srinagar under the aegis of Directorate of Health Services Kashmir.
“We have to focus more on the private practitioners and chemists to notify the disease. Up to 2017 we had less cases in the private sector as compared to the public sector,” he said.
“We want leaders to help curb the disease. We have many facilities available for the diagnosis of TB. Earlier, we used to have sputum microscopy and chest x-rays but we have latest investigation instruments like CB net to detect the disease in hospitals,” he said.
“We also have a mobile TB machinery which detects a patient within two hours,” he said, while “seeking cooperation from people to eradicate the disease in the state.”
Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr Saleem-Ur-Rehman, who was the chief guest on the occasion, highlighted the role of private practitioners and diagnostic laboratories in Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program (RNTCP).
He emphasized upon officials of the health department and “other stakeholders to hold the RNTCP program activities with zest in order to promote awareness to remove the stigma associated with the disease.”