\Chhattisgarh Health and Family Welfare Minister T S Singhdeo attends a meeting of health ministers of the states convened by Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya on TB eradication.
As Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya held an important meeting of health ministers of all the states on eradication of tuberculosis by 2025, Chhattisgarh Health and Family Welfare Minister T S Singhdeo joined the meeting through video conferencing at the office of CHiPS on Thursday.
It was said on the meeting that malnutrition, crowded places and weak immunity have been found as main reason behind the spread of TB and discussion was held on these issues in the meeting. It was said in the meeting that rate of declining in the cases of TB at present is 3 per cent, but it requires at least 15 per cent to eradicate the disease from the nation by 2025.
Between January 2021 and July 2021, only 67 per cent target in the control of the disease could be achieved while the same was 50 per cent in Chhattisgarh. According to the presentation made b y the Union Health Ministry, 90 per cent target has been set for the treatment of TB against which 81 per cent target could be achieved and in Chhattisgarh the achievement was 83 per cent. Implementation of nutrition scheme in the nation stands at 57 per cent and in Chhattisgarh it stands at 49 per cent.
Trying to use at least 2 TrueNat machines in each district for TB testing: Singhdeo
While congratulating the Union Minister for new responsibility, Singhdeo said that the work done in Chhattisgarh to control TB has so far been not satisfactory. Singhdeo said that the Covid-19 had hampered the activities related to TB control in the state, but this cannot be considered as an excuse. “We have to work together and therefore we have prepared an action plant,” said Singhdeo adding Union Health Ministry is guiding the state in this direction. At present, 18,233 active cases have been found in public and private sector in Chhattisgarh. 3,919 cases are in private sector, but it needs to be updated, said Singhdeo. He said that the TrueNat machines available with the state government is largely being used in Covid testing. At present state has 160 such machines. The government has decided to make at least two machines available for TB testing in each districts. This plan has been made to find active cases.
From September 1 to October 15, it has been suggested to form micro planning. SInghdeo said that they have planned to identify two TB survivors in Chhattisgarh and make them ambassadors.
Singhdeo further said that according to the new guidelines, 1 batch of Management of Drug Resistant and TB Prevention Therapy has been completed on August 26 and 27. The department is reviewing from time to time. Singhdeo informed the Union Health Ministry that the highest percentage of TB screening in Shelter Homes is 12%, 3% in inmates and 5% in Mines. Singhdeo said that they need to do more work in this area and assured the Union Minister of all cooperation for a TB free India.