Rallies, seminars and meetings were conducted in different parts of the district to create awareness among people on tuberculosis and various programmes implemented by the government to control it.

Awareness programmes, organised to mark the World TB day, were held in Perundurai Medical College Hospital and various tuberculosis centres including Thukkanaickanpalayam, P. Puliyampatti and Athani.

At a programme held in Perundurai Medical College, persons who have recovered from tuberculosis shared their experience and the treatment they had undergone at the hospital.

Deputy Director of Health (Tuberculosis) Dr. A. Rajasekaran, speaking on the occasion, said that over 180 lakh people in the country were suffering from tuberculosis.

Over 1,000 persons die of TB in the country every day.

India was one of the countries having a large number of people with tuberculosis.

The government is implementing the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme to provide free treatment to the people suffering from tuberculosis, he added.

Mr. Rajasekaran called upon the members of self help groups, personnel at the anganwadi and noon-meal centres, teachers, members of voluntary organisations and general public to come forward and work closely with the health department for extending proper treatment to persons suffering from tuberculosis.

Senior officials from the health department, doctors, students and people from various parts attended the programme.

In addition to this, awareness rallies on the same theme were taken out in various parts including Thukkanaickanpalayam, P. Puliyampatti and Athani.

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