UT govt committed to achieve TB elimination by 2025
JAMMU: Secretary, Health and Medical Education (H&ME), Bhupinder Kumar, today reviewed implementation of National Tuberculosis elimination program in Jammu and Kashmir under ‘Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyan’.
Secretary exhorted upon the officers to give high priority to “Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat” as duty towards citizens’ welfare making this campaign a mass movement. The National Strategic plan aims towards ending TB in India by 2025, five years ahead of Sustainable Development Goals Target of 2030 and JK UT is committed to achieve the goal by 2025. The three pronged strategy of nutrition diagnosis and vocational support has recently been introduced in Nikshay Poshan Abhiyan for providing platform for donors to provide various forms of support to those undergoing TB treatment.
He stressed upon the spirit of collective endeavours “Jan Bhaagidari” on war footing as a 360 degree approach towards elimination of TB in J&K. He directed the Divisional Nodal Officers and Program Officers to make consistent efforts in monitoring the TB case notification, treatment besides ensuring real time reporting and community participation as key indicator.
Instructions were also issued to loop in elected representatives Cooperatives, NGOs and other individuals to come forward as donors and register themselves to Nikshay Portal for providing support to the patients undergoing TB treatment. “Involvement of community leaders and citizens has proven to be a big success in managing the Covid 19 pandemic and the same should be replicated towards TB elimination for enhanced outcome”.
Secretary directed the health officials to create mass awareness through robust IC activities regarding the facility of free treatment of TB at government health institutions.
Among others the meeting was attended by Mission Director, National Health Mission, Ayushi Sudan, Director Health Services, Jammu and Kashmir, Joint Director Planning (HME), State Programme Managers, NTEP, CMOs and other officials of Health and Medical Education department.