In a bid to achieve the goal of eliminating tuberculosis by 2025, the Thoothukudi district administration launched a short course program here on Saturday.
In his address, District Collector K Senthil Raj said there were about 1,000 TB patients in the district, of whom about 250 were undergoing treatment in private hospitals. The government’s goal was to eliminate the disease within another three years.
Thus, preventive measures and programs have been initiated in coordination with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and others. These measures would be disseminated to target groups in a scientific manner. The idea was to prevent and treat the disease, which would also ensure the spread of tuberculosis.
“This can be achieved with the cooperation of patients and their family members,” the collector said, adding that as part of the national TB elimination program, a short-course treatment regimen had been initiated for contacts. eligible families.
Tuberculosis patients and their contacts would be given a weekly diet for three months continuously, which would lead to cure and also prevent further spread.
In addition to field staff, doctors and counselors were available at the tuberculosis prevention centre. Deputy Director Sundaralingam, Principal Sangamitra, Doctors Maheshkumar, Khader Mohideen Shariff and others interacted with the patients and their family members.
The collector said about 35 to 40 crore in the country have latent TB, out of which about 26 lakh are diagnosed with TB every year. In a bid to stop this trend, WHO has recommended preventive treatment for TB patients and this would achieve the goal, he added.