Mangaluru Mar 24, 2016: Deputy Commissioner AB Ibrahim has said that all doctors and health care institutions need to join hands to eradicate TB. There is also a need for increased awareness about the disease in the society, he said.
The Deputy Commissioner was speaking after inaugurating World Tuberculosis Day at Town Hall on Mar 24, Thursday. The programme was jointly organised by District Administration, DK Zilla Panchayath, District Health and Family Welfare Department, Wenlock Hospital, MCC, Chayi, Spandana, Sahodaya, Rotaract Club, South Kanara Photographers Association and Paramedical Colleges.
The Deputy Commissioner further said that in India prevalence of Tuberculosis was 20% higher than in other countries and this was a matter of concern.
Spandana Administrative Officer Sister Evangeline was felicitated on the occasion. In her address she said the honour has boosted her confidence and has encouraged her to further serve people who suffer from TB and help them cured.
District Health Officer Dr. Ramakrishna Rao said that symptoms of Tuberculosis disease will are also seen in many HIV patients and smokers. This disease can be reduced by DOTS (Direct Observation Treatment Short Course) and free treatment is given for 6 to 8 months in Government hospitals, he added.
A session on “Unite to End TB” by Dr Akshay KM, Associate professor of Yenepoya Medical College is being held as part of the Day’s programme.
Prior to the inaugural function a procession was taken out from Jyothi Circle to Town Hall. Students of different colleges participated in the procession in order to create awareness among the people about TB.
Superintendent of Wenlock Hospital Dr. Rajeshwari Devi, Superintendent of Ladygoshen Hospital Dr Savitha, VN Holla, Jagannath, Dr. Akshay KM, Dr. Badruddin and others were present.