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'Aashwasan' launched to fight Covid, TB infections
Source: Chronicle News Service

Senapati, February 23 2022: To break the chain of spread of COVID and TB infection, Piramal Swathya in collaboration with Ministry of Health and Tribal Affair, supported by United State Agency for International Development (USAID), a '100 days 100 district campaign' titled 'Aashwasan' was launched by District CMO/DTO supervisor P Kipgen and all MOs of Senapati district and Piramal staff at Old District Hospital, CMO office, on Wednesday.

Piramal Swasthya Management and Research Institute (Anamaya) will conduct awareness campaign regarding COVID through vehicles in all tribal blocks of Senapati district to address the misconceptions regarding COVID and TB infection and vaccine hesitancy among the people along with encouraging adoption of COVID appropriate behaviour by the public.

In addition to this, sputum collection and testing will be done based on symptoms through an active case finding campaign of potential TB patients at the village level, and TB treatment will be provided free of cost by the government upon confirmation.

This will help in preventing the spread of infectious diseases like TB.

Under this campaign people will not need to go to the government health centres for testing, rather the sputum of presumptive cases will be collected from home and transported.to the nearest diagnostic centres for testing.

Keeping in view of the need for community participation, panchayat members, community influencers, tribal leaders and traditional healers will also be involved during the campaign to make villages TB free and educate people about TB disease and its prevention.

The project supported by USAID will be implemented by Piramal Swasthya Management and Research Institute with the help of the department concerned in the district, CMO, District Tuberculosis Officer and staff.

Officers from other departments concerned were also urged to extend all possible support to the campaign, which will cover four blocks of Senapati district, namely Oinam, Maram, Paomata and Mao, and also Kangpokpi, Saitu Gamphazol and Saikul.

In his speech, the CMO stressed the need for community mobilisation and awareness of the symptoms to get rid of the diseases.

He also advised the team to target far-flung villages.

The CMO also mentioned that medical work is always a team work and no person is more important than the other, while directing the team not to work only for documentation but to aim to eliminate TB from each village in the district.

He requested the MOs in-charge to work with ASHA in villages.


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