The Department of Public Health is organising a sensitisation programme on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) for Members of Legislative Assembly, Members of Parliament, heads of local bodies, Medical Officers and staff nurses in Coimbatore on April 30.

The main objective was to create awareness about these diseases. The Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project (TNHSP) regional consultant for NCDs would address the participants.

The programme would be held at the Coimbatore Collectorate, said R. Damodharan, Deputy Director of Health Services, here on Friday.

The TNHSP, he said, was also planning to upscale its screening and treatment programme for NCDs such as diabetes and hypertension besides cervical and breast cancers.

The Deputy Director, who was the nodal officer at the district level for implementing the programme, told reporters that similar capacity building programmes would be held at various levels to cover all medical, non-medical and paramedical staff of primary health centres and the Government Hospitals.

Besides ensuring adequate availability of drugs and regents at district level and quality control of laboratories, he said that the nodal officer was also required to undertake periodical visits to PHCs to monitor clinic-based activities.