Staff Reporter

Revised National TB Control programme guidelines being followed

Adequate supply of drugs ensured, say

health officials

Seminars, awareness campaigns organised

KOZHIKODE: The World TB Day was observed here on Monday with a number of programmes that sought to convey the ‘I am stopping TB’ message to the general public and the efficacy of collective initiatives in arresting the spread of the disease.

Mayor M. Bhaskaran inaugurated a public meeting held at the IMA Hall. A. Pradeep Kumar, MLA, presided.

Deputy District Medical Officer N.M. Sebastian delivered the TB day message. Head of the Department of Chest Diseases, Kozhikode Medical College, C. Raveendran addressed a seminar held as part of the observance to spread awareness on the disease.

District TB Officer R.L. Sarita, Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences Director Krishna Kumar and Dr. Beena George among others addressed the seminar.

Dr. Sarita said the guidelines provided through the Revised National TB Control (RNTC) programme were being implemented in the district.

The RNTC primarily calls for foolproof sputum examination centres manned by professionals, at the rate of one centre for a population of one lakh. All the block-level health centres, district and taluk hospitals and the Medical College Hospital have this facility. This was in addition to similar centres that functioned in some of the private hospitals in the district.

Quiz winners

K. Riphik (Class VIII, Silver Hills Higher Secondary School) won the first prize in the quiz held on the occasion. Kiran S. Nair (Class IX) bagged the second prize.