Special Correspondent

SRIKAKULAM: Planned immunization and proper monitoring will go a long way in tackling many a disease. TB has become one of the major health concerns since out of every 1,000 patients as many as 300 die, according to district Collector Nagulapalli Srikanth. Addressing a meeting at the Bapuji Kalamandir in connection with the World TB Day here on Monday, Mr. Srikanth said that most of the TB patients were afflicted with HIV. These category of patients were found even in rich and educated families. It was for the medical profession to take care of these patients, he said. Mr. Srikanth wanted officials to take precautionary measures so that epidemic diseases would not breakout.

District Medical and Health Officer Ramdas Naik said that since 2001 more than 28,000 patients had been treated. Superintendent of Government Hospital Sanjeeva Rao, TB Control Officer T. Trinadha Rao and other spoke.

Meet held

Rajahmundry: World TB Day was observed on Monday by District TB control centre, Rajahmundry, World Vision India and St. Theresa Public Health Association. District civil hospital superintendent Ramesh Kishore presided over a meeting organised on the occasion. A rally was also taken out.

‘Cases on decline’

VIZIANAGARAM: The mortality rate due to tuberculosis has dropped from 6 per cent to 4 per cent, according to District Medical and Health Officer V. Venkateswara Rao.

At the World TB Control Day meeting held in his office on Monday, he said that the number of cases had come down with the DoT system. He felt that AIDS patients were more prone to the disease and suggested precautions. District TB Control Officer Rama Rao, District AIDS Control Officer S. Chandra Reddy and others were present.