“Diagnosis facilities available in 93 institutions in Vellore”
VELLORE: Collector Dharmendra Pratap Yadav has urged doctors and representatives of non-governmental organisations to go to the villages and create awareness of the facilities available in the government hospitals and primary health centres (PHCs) for the treatment and cure of tuberculosis.
He was participating in a function organised by the Field Publicity Office and the District TB Centre in connection with World TB Day at the Town Hall here on Monday. Mr. Yadav said TB diagnosis facilities were available in 93 medical institutions in Vellore district, including 67 PHCs and 10 government hospitals. The institutions have the facility to detect TB at the primary stage if the persons with cough or fever visit the institutions immediately on noticing the symptoms. This would facilitate treatment from the early stage, which would result in total cure. Cure is difficult if the patients opt out half-way, he said, and called upon the doctors and NGOs to create awareness of the facilities. The TB detection rate of Vellore district was 78 per cent, and was higher than the national average of 70 per cent.
The Collector stressed the need for integration of all wings of the Health Department to facilitate integrated health services, which is the need of the day. R. Prema , Joint Director of Medical Services, Vellore, presided over the function. Raja Sivanandam, Deputy Director of Medical Services (TB), said that the bacteria causing TB have developed resistance to the common drugs. Therefore, the Centre is implementing a programme called DOTS (Directly Observed Treatment Short Course)-plus under which more powerful drugs are administered.
Each one can help in the task of preventing TB in his own way. That is why the World Health Organisation has given the theme, ‘I am stopping TB’ for the World TB Day this year, he said.
S. Rajasekharan, Deputy Director of Health Services, Vellore, said that poor people, who did not get nutritious food, are more prone to TB. Hence it was important to ensure that everyone gets a nutritious diet. A total of 130 free health camps have been held so far in Vellore district under the ‘Varumon Kappom’ scheme.
T. Sivakumar, Field Publicity Officer, Vellore, said that 83,14,249 TB patients were treated under DOTS since the inception of the scheme in the country in 1998, and 14,96,564 lives were saved through the scheme.
A total of 1.49 million patients were treated in 2007 alone, and one lakh patients were treated on an average every month, he said. The Collector later distributed certificates and medals to government officials, doctors, health workers and representatives of NGOs who did commendable service for TB control.