JKVHA observes World TB Day

Srinagar:J&K Voluntary Health Association (JKVHA) Wednesday held a sensitization programme of various stakeholders of TB Care and Control at Pandrethan area in City outskirts.
In a statement, a JKVHA spokesman said the function was held to mark the World TB day and was attended by NGOs, Volunteers and members of civil society.
He said that the programme was chaired by JKVHA executive director A.M. Mir who informed the participants that millions of people get sick due to the tuberculosis disease.
“Some people who are sensitized about the symptoms of the disease receive proper treatment but bulk of the TB patients hide their illness due to social stigma related to it and bear the consequences silently,” the statement quoted Mir  as saying.
“Such patients are potential threat to the spread of the disease within their family members and others in contact with them.”
The statement further stated that a message was also read from Chairman J&K VHA Prof. Dr. G.Q. Allaqaband who emphasized on better coordination and involvement of community leaders, particularly Imams of the mosques for the awareness about the symptoms of TB and availability of medical facilities at DOTS centres.
Meanwhile, the statement said that in order to create awareness amongst the people J&K Voluntary Health Association is implementing Axshya programme in four districts of Baramulla, Pulwama, Budgam and Srinagar through 16 coalition partner NGOs and their volunteers for sensitizing general masses by conducting Gaon Kalyan Samiti meetings.