Madurai Bureau

1,401 new cases of tuberculosis detected in Virudhunagar district: Collector

DINDIGUL: Intensive campaign and uninterrupted treatment to patients are essential to control tuberculosis. Both college and school students should propagate about the disease, its symptoms and importance of treatment to the affected people among the masses, according to Collector R. Vasuki.

She was delivering a special address at an awareness meeting organised by the Tuberculosis Prevention Society held here on Monday to mark the World Tuberculosis Day.

Loss of human lives was colossal owing to three diseases: AIDS, cancer and tuberculosis.

A total of 3.2 lakh people died in a year owing to tuberculosis alone in the country.

Early detection and timely treatment for six months would help patients recover from tuberculosis, she advised. Over 3,100 TB cases were detected in 2007 of which 961 patients were cured after regular treatment.

The district administration has been contemplating on extending financial assistance to persons who recuperated from tuberculosis for self-employment, Ms. Vasuki said.

In her special address, Gandhigram Trust Managing Trustee R. Kousalya Devi appealed for a joint action by all sections of people, particularly student community for effective propagation about the disease.

Earlier, Superintendent of Police A. Pari flagged off an awareness rally participated by school and college students. Deputy Directors of Health Services S. Ahalya, R. Balaji and P. Jayabal and others took part.

Virudhunagar

A total of 1,401 new cases of tuberculosis were detected in Virudhunagar district last year, Collector V. Chandrasekaran said.

Addressing an awareness programme on Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) here on Monday, he said that a total of 16,032 persons were screened. Along with the newly-detected persons, a total of 2,849 patients were getting treatment under RNTCP, he said.

Stating that the Government was giving a lot of funds for providing treatment for TB, Mr. Chandrasekaran said that every primary health centre was getting Rs. 50,000 a year. Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation was giving Rs. 3 lakh to Government hospitals.

Chronic cough for three weeks, sputum with blood, fever in evenings, lack of hunger, loss of weight and chest pain are symptoms for TB, he said and urged the people to get completely cured by regularly taking treatment under RNTCP.

Joint Director (Medical Services) (in-charge), Ravindran, Deputy Director (TB) S. Nirmala and Deputy Director (Health) S. Balasubramanian were among those who participated in the meeting.

Earlier, students took out an awareness rally in the town.

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