Orientation seminar for a TB-free India

RI District 3232 recently organised a seminar for Rotarians to coordinate and work towards a TB-free India. The meet focussed on highlighting the gravity of tuberculosis in our country. PRID Y P Das, Chair of the Rotary India National TB Control and Awareness Committee, pointed out that 25 per cent of the global TB cases are from India, so much so that every minute one person is dying of the disease. He urged the delegates to spread awareness in the community and effectively address the social stigma attached to the disease.

PRID Y P Das
PRID Y P Das

Dr Hisamuddin Papa, Co-chairman – Operations (South), Rotary India TB Control Committee, explained why active case-finding was needed and recalled how the district had dedicated its first TB screening van to address tuberculosis in remote areas. Dr Suma from the World Health Organisation explored possibilities for partnership opportunities to end TB by 2025. She explained about the various schemes of the Central government’s TB control programme.

DG Babu Peram assured complete support at the district level and sanctioned ₹5 lakh from the District Funds for the expenses to carry out the chest-screening programme by various clubs. Dr P Srinivasan, Director – Community Service Health, proposed the vote of thanks.

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