Kohima TB Forum to intensify awareness campaign
Dimapur, July 16 (EMN): To reduce stigma and myths surrounding Tuberculosis (TB) , the Kohima District TB Forum under the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program (RNTCP) has resolved to increase sensitisation and awareness campaign about the disease to the community at large through various social mediums.
The resolution to this effect was taken during its meeting held on July 16 in the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Kohima. The Deputy Commissioner and chairman of the forum, Gregory Thejawelie, delivered the welcome address followed by review of the last meeting minutes by Dr. Asunu Thong, member secretary and DTO, Kohima.
Temjenochetla, State PPM coordinator, presented the objectives of the forum – to involve policy makers and stakeholders for effective TB service delivery, improve awareness, reduce stigma and discrimination, to supplement and complement government initiatives to enforce TB patient –friendly law, policy and programmes and to improve treatment literacy and adherence among TB patients.
Zhosulu, TB health visitor, shared her experiences in the field, followed with an open discussion amongst the members. Cured TB patients shared their treatment testimonials.
Other officials present in the meeting were Kovi Meyase, co-chairperson and KMC administrator, Chief Inspector Dr, Hoito Chishi, Deputy CMO Dr. Rupert Peseyie, Dr. Mezhuno Angami, member representatives from Directorate of Health and Family Welfare, Alliance India, KNP+, DAPCU, legal consultant (DHFW) and staff of Kohima District RNTCP.