Civic body takes ini­tia­tives to spread aware­ness on TB

Med­i­cal camps, street plays and sem­i­nars to con­tinue till end of this month

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta sang­hami­tra.sen­gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: With World Tu­ber­cu­lo­sis Day ob­served on Thurs­day, the health depart­ment of the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) has or­gan­ised week-long work­shops and sen­si­ti­sa­tion pro­grammes from March 22 to 31.

World TB Day is ob­served to build pub­lic aware­ness on tu­ber­cu­lo­sis.

The pro­grammes started with se­ries of street plays and med­i­cal camps which will con­tinue till the end of the month. On Wed­nes­day, a sen­si­ti­sa­tion pro­gramme was held for the fac­ulty and staff of Mod­ern col­lege in Vashi fol­lowed by an­other sen­si­ti­za­tion sem­i­nar for around 80 pri­vate doc­tors at Dy Patil med­i­cal col­lege au­di­to­rium.

“The World TB Day is an op­por­tu­nity to raise aware­ness the dis­ease and the sta­tus of TB preven­tion and con­trol ef­forts re­quired. We have in­volved around 10 NGOs who will be do­ing dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties like poster ex­hi­bi­tion, speech com­pe­ti­tion, camps, slide pre­sen­ta­tion, au­dio-vis­ual pre­sen­ta­tions through­out the week. We have also ap­pointed a theatre group to spe­cially per­form the se­ries of 5 street plays which will be per­formed in the out­pa­tient depart­ment of the civic hospital in Vashi and sev­eral places across Navi Mum­bai,” said Dr Vas­ant Mane, health in-charge of tu­ber­cu­lo­sis depart­ment, NMMC.

Each street play is of about 35 min­utes de­tail­ing about how TB hap­pens, why the symp­toms should not be ig­nored and how the treat­ment hap­pens. Be­sides this, med­i­cal staffs of all the 26 Ur­ban Health Post ( UHP) will also be given sen­si­ti­sa­tion train­ing to look for TB pa­tients doorto-door. The civic body has also rolled out hand­bills and posters which are be­ing dis­trib­uted at all pub­lic places, hous­ing so­ci­eties, schools and col­leges. Ban­ners have also been put up across all UHPs and ma­jor junc­tions. “We also asked pri­vate hos­pi­tals to re­port ev­ery case so that we can in­duce them to purse the whole treat­ment,” added the doc­tor.

Of­fi­cials said that al­though the fig­ures of the cases are more or less con­stant with a slight fluc­tu­a­tion in the num­bers, there is an in­creased aware­ness amongst peo­ple over all. In the year 2015 from Jan­uary to De­cem­ber, a to­tal of 2385 pro­gres­sive pa­tients were be­ing treated for TB un­der NMMC which in­cludes the newly de­tected cases, re­lapse, ex­tra-pul­monary TB. While dur­ing the same pe­riod, 104 MDR-TB pa­tients and 20 XDR-TB pa­tients were tak­ing treat­ment.

“We are giv­ing treat­ment to ev­ery pa­tient reg­is­tered. How­ever, many pa­tients dis­con­tinue treat­ment in be­tween which is the main may cause of the re­lapse cases. Al­co­holics and mi­gra­tors are the ma­jor dropout cases, but they might be tak­ing treat­ment at other places where they move in. So it is dif­fi­cult to state how much it has in­creased as we are un­able to note the fi­nal fig­ures on sev­eral oc­ca­sions,” said the doc­tor.

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