Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Chandigarh@abcnewsnetwork on 24.01.2006

Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme :Chandigarhhas made miraculous achievements
(abcnewsnetwork.com)
Chandigarh January 24:- Besides achieving national Target, Chandigarh has made miraculous achievements in the control of tuberculosis and is amongst top few States in India, said Dr.Inderjeet Kaur Walia, Director health Services Chandigarh Administration, here today. On the occasion of completion of four years of launching of Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) since 25th January, 2002, she said that during these years approximately 8000 TB patients have been put on treatment. Out of these about 3000 highly infectious sputum positive cases have been treated so far who could have spread infection amongst thousands of people. About 1700 deaths of TB patients, who were critically sick, have also been saved. The cure rate of the patients is 88 percent in Chandigarh.
Chandigarh is making rapid strides for the control of tuberculosis in the city and has established 2 Treatment Units at Chest Clinic, Sector 22 and Poly Clinic, Sector 45, 13 Microscopy Centres and 106 DOT Centres. Medical Officers and Para Medical Staff posted in all these Health Institutions are fully trained for diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis. Besides a 15 bedded hospital is functioning 24 hours to provide health for TB & Respiratory diseases patients.
During the last four years, Health Deptt. Has organized Medical Camps, Swasthaya Melas, Health Awareness Camps, Workshops for Medical Practitioners, Municipal Councilors, Seminars for Panches and Sarpanches, Group meetings of Opinion Leaders and utilization of small screen and print media for generating awareness has resulted in positive opinion formation against elimination of gender discrimination and isolation of TB patients etc.
Pilot Project of Public Private Mix (PPM) for involving Medical Colleges, Private Practitioners and NGOs in Chandigarh since September 2003 has also contributed significantly in the performance of RNTCP and control of tuberculosis in Chandigarh.
With the establishment of Zonal Task Force at PGIMER and State Task Force at GMCH-32, Medical Colleges have been fully involved in RNTCP. The Intermediate Reference Laboratory (IRL) is under way in GMCH-32 Chandigarh.
Director Health Services further said that Chandigarh Administration has taken up with Govt. of India for creating one additional Treatment Unit in Civil Hospital-Manimajra and upgrading the Microscopy Centre of GH-16 to the level of Medical College. Chandigarh Administration is also keen to establish State Training Demonstration Centre(STDC) and Intermediate Reference Laboratory(IRL) for introducing cultural sensitivity tests for Multi Drug Resistance (MDR) cases etc.
A number of studies have been made to evaluate the performance and introduce changes, resulting in improving the programme in future for the control of tuberculosis in the city.
Dr.Walia further said that Health Department of Chandigarh is committed to control the menace of tuberculosis in city beautiful.

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