Poonch: District Tuberculosis (TB) Forum Poonch, today discussed modalities for effective implementation of National Tuberculosis Elimination programme (NTEP) here at its meeting chaired by District Development Commissioner, Rahul Yadav.
The members of the Forum deliberated on the modalities enshrined in the National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme- a Public Health initiative of the Government of India.
The meeting was told that the Programme forms a flagship component of the National Health Mission and provides technical and managerial leadership to anti-tuberculosis activities in the country.
It was further informed that TB is a priority disease which has been targeted for elimination from India by 2025 and community led participation is an essential component to achieve the target within stipulated time frame.
A detailed discussion was held on the composition, objectives and working of the Forum.
The meeting was also apprised about the achievements made under the program in the district and various kinds of services being provided by the Government to the masses under the National Tuberculosis Elimination programme.
The DDC said that Tuberculosis is a major infectious disease that impacts lives, economy and the future of a nation and the need of the hour is to work in tandem to ensure the effective and successful implementation of NTEP in the district.
He asked for making extraordinary efforts for proper detection and testing of the patients suffering from TB for timely elimination of the disease from the district. He directed the concerned authorities to constitute village level surveillance teams in this regard.
The BMOs were asked to ensure proper monitoring of the activities being carried out for the elimination of the Tuberculosis in the areas of their jurisdiction and submit the report on a monthly basis. He also directed the concerned to generate massive awareness among the public regarding the programme so that they can come forward to avail the benefits of the various kinds of services being provided under it.
Earlier, welcome address was presented by the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ghulam Ahmed Malik. District Tuberculosis Officer, Dr. Fehmida Bandey gave a detailed presentation.
Among others the meeting was attended by Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mohammad Rashid Choudhary; Medical Superintendent, District Hospital, Dr. Mushtaq Ahmed; Block Medical Officers, Mandi and Surankote, members of the Forum and representatives of various NGOs and societies.