Under the theme “Invest To End TB. Save Lives”, 41st World TB Day was observed at Mini Conference Hall, Old District Hopsital, Ukhrul. The theme focuses on the need for investments and resources that are required to eradicate this disease. 15 lakh people have died globally due to TB disease since 2020 and saved an estimated 63 million lives since the year 2000.
TFM Ukhrul Correspondent
World Tuberculosis Day is observed annually to raise awareness among people about the mortifying health, financial and societal consequences of tuberculosis. It is also an opportunity to highlight the individuals who are impacted by the disease and to support immediate action to stop TB misery and deaths.
Organised by National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme , Ukhrul District, Manipur and Piramal Swasthya, the observation was attended by CMO of Ukhrul, Dr Kapangring A Shimray, District AIDS Control Officer, Ukhrul, Dr Yuithingla Vashum and District Malaria Officer, Dr Pamreila Grace KAS attended the programme as Chief guest, guest of honour and function president respectively.
Speaking at the occasion Dr. Kapangring A Shimray appeal the citizen of Ukhrul to take TB test. He informed that Ukhrul has adequate facility for taking TB test. For protection, injection during birth is advised. Treatment for TB is free and Government even provide Rs. 500 per month to the patients. He informed that chances of infection is very high and vulnerable but TB is curable and can be eliminated.
Dr Yuithingla Vashum spoke on the inportance and need for disseminating information, education and communication to the masses about TB. TB is preventable and curable disease. Timely detection of TB can save lots of human life. We still need to mobilize and sensitise to the public, reach out to the remote areas and equipt and strengthen the existing facilities.
Dr Pamreila Grace KAS informed that around 15 Lakh people have died globally due to TB disease since 2020. This infectious disease affects the lungs and spreads when an infected person sneezes or coughs. Though it is preventable and curable. To overcome this, we need the support of everyone to curb and eradicate the disease. Let us all take parts in saving lives.
District TB Officer of Ukhrul, Dr Hongprachan Hungyo I his welcome address stated “We stand in solidarity with the millions of people who are suffering from TB and we give out our heartfelt condolences to those families who have succumbed to this disease. I also welcome TB survivors who are present here Tuesday.
TB survivors from.Ukhrul share their experience and extend gratitude to medical staff and officers for their help and care. District Coordinator of Piramal Swasthya, Horeisung Khamrang extend appreciation to everyone who attended the programme. Students from St. Jospeh College, Ukhrul who are in their 4th Semester of Bachelor of Social Work also attended the programme as part of their field work.
TB survivors were presented with a gift hampers.