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World Tuberculosis Day commemorated at Sgr, Ang, Kup

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SRINAGAR: On World Tuberculosis (TB) Day commemorated on March 24, functions were held at Srinagar, Anantnag and Kupwara districts of Kashmir to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of TB, and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic.

This year the theme of the programme was, ‘Aim is to reach the unreached as the Clock is ticking’.

At Srinagar, an awareness programme was organized by District Tuberculosis Centre Srinagar at Government Dental College to spread public awareness on the tuberculosis disease and mobilize society towards its eradication.

The Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz Assad who is also the chairman of District TB Control Society was the Chief Guest.

Speaking on the occasion, the DC stressed on the need to create awareness about the symptoms, precautions and treatment to eliminate the disease from the society.

The DC also threw light on stigmatisation of T.B patients and said that we as a society have to evolve further to understand what goes in the mind of a patient who is isolated after getting infected with T.B. He said they are being stigmatized not by the extended relation or neighbours but by the family members who are in their blood relation.

In the inaugural speech, the State TB Officer Kashmir Dr Rehana Kounsar presented a comprehensive speech about TB and NTEP activities which were being provided by Primary Health Centers, TB Units and District TB Centre, Srinagar in particular.

Head of the Departments of various Hospitals including Professor Naveed Nazir Shah, HOD Chest Medicine, GMC Srinagar, Prof Muzaffar Ahmad Jan HOD Paediatrics GMC Srinagar, Prof Mohammad Saleem HOD SPM GMC Srinagar and Director STC Dr. Shamim Wani expressed their views & thoughts for Elimination of TB by 2025.

A skit related to TB was also performed by AMT students of GMC Srinagar in which they highlighted the importance of timely diagnosis of TB, its regular treatment, follow ups and to overcome the menace of social stigma which is still associated with the disease.

Besides a message regarding TB was delivered by famous poet Ayoub Sabir in which he highlighted the role of community in curbing the menace of TB.

The function was attended by various functionaries from Health & Medical Education Department including HODs, Medical Superintendents, Block Medical Officers, Zonal Medical Officers, Medical Officers, District Health Officer Srinagar, Doctors from SKIMS Bernina, SKIMS Soura and AMT School Students besides Private Practitioners, Diagnostic & Clinical Laboratories and NGOs.

At Anantnag: The World Tuberculosis Day 2021 was celebrated with great enthusiasm at Town Hall, here.

The function was presided over by Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Anantnag, Sheikh Ghulam Hassan who was also the Chief Guest on the occasion.

At Kupwara: The District Administration Kupwara in collaboration with the Health department today organized a function at Town Hall here, to observe World Tuberculosis (TB) Day.

The function was presided over by Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Kupwara, Nazir Ahmad Lone.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kauser Amin; District Health Officer, all BMOs, Civil Society, Youth Welfare Society, students of ANMT School and Army Goodwill School Wayan participated in the programme.

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