We have 170 DOT Centres 17 Designated Microscopy Centres & 3 Treatment Units in Chandigarh : Rachna
“TB is curable. I suffered from TB & was diagnosed early. I took complete treatment and got cured. Every one with symptoms of cough more than 2 weeks should get checked up for TB” Said Ms.Rachna, a cured patient who inaugurated World TB Day function at Civil Dispensary, Maulijagran today. It was a unique gesture that World TB Day was inaugurated by a cured patient who was treated as a dignitary on globally celebrated World TB Day. She co-operated by taking medicines continuously for six months & got fully cured. Dr. Anil Garg, State TB Officer honored her and presented memento to her.
Dr. Garg, appealed to people with symptoms of cough for more than two weeks to come forward & get their sputum test done at the earliest. He said that if a person is identified as tuberculosis patient, he/she is provided free medicines in all DOT Centres in Chandigarh under supervision of DOT Provider for six months or till the date he/she is declared cured. He stressed the need to follow Cough etiquettes by every citizen of India.
Dr. Soma, District Family Welfare Officer, who was Chief guest emphasized on early detection of TB for effective control of the disease and to check this menace at the earliest. She also applauded the efforts of RNTCP Staff for achieving the target continuously for the last 5 years and thus securing high ranking at the national level.
Dr. Garg said that we have 170 DOT Centres 17 Designated Microscopy Centres & 3 Treatment Units in Chandigarh. The cure rate of Chandigarh is 91% which is more than the national cure rate. This is due to the fact that people are enlightened & awareness has been generated & symptomatic persons are coming themselves for diagnosis and treatment. He said that Chandigarh has achieved first rank in India in this quarter of the year in respect of all the targets.
A mammoth rally by school children was taken out to create awareness. A Nukkar Natak & Magic Show on TB were also staged. A Painting Competition on the theme of tuberculosis was also held & winners were awarded prizes on the occasion. An Exhibition was organized which attracted a huge number of spectators.
In the evening, a human chain and candle march was held along with an inspiring street play to create awareness on all aspects of TB and its prevention and control was organized by NGO SURYA Foundation in collaboration with RNTCP, Chandigarh.