MP SUMITRA Mahajan on Saturday stressed the need for creating better awareness about tuberculosis (TB) particularly in rural areas.
“Even today a large number of people suffer from TB and there has not been much change over the years. The treatment is a long process. We need to create better awareness particularly in rural areas,” Mahajan said while addressing the inaugural function of 34th Madhya Pradesh State TB Conference organised at Jall Sabha Griha by the TB Relief Society, Indore.
The BJP national vice-president also emphasised that it was important to reach out to the women living areas as they have a tendency to neglect themselves.
Disapproving the tendency among politicians to distribute things for free, Mahajan criticised the “culture of doling out things particularly medicines for free,” which she said does more harm than good.
“When you give something free of charge, particularly medicines, there are other things which need to be informed to people such as why that medicine is to be taken and many other things,” Mahajan added.
Joint Director (Health), Bhopal Dr K K Thasu said, “Around 80 lakh people suffer from TB every year in the world and every fifth of them is an Indian. We had had a high default rate earlier.”
The DOTS programme under Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) was introduced in Madhya Pradesh in 1998 and from December 2004 it was introduced in all the districts, the percentage of patients getting cured has gone up from 40 to 83, he said.
Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma, who presided over the function, promised all help in her mayoral capacity to the Society and said, “We (IMC) have done our bit by developing more number of gardens and open parks and planting more trees.”
Director (Medical Education) and MGM Medical College Dean Dr V K Saini also spoke on the occasion while Madhya Pradesh State TB Association secretary Dr G P Saxena read out the annual report.
A CD containing information on respiratory problems, diagnosis and treatment and various institutions treating the disease was also released instead of the conventional souvenir. Dr Salil Bhargava from M Y Hospital, who is associated with the Society, has proposed the idea of the CD as printing a book means felling at least five trees for paper.
The district societies and individuals, who have worked selflessly in the field of TB awareness, were honoured on the occasion with Indore bagging most prizes.
Earlier, on Friday, about 150 officials, including State TB Officer and in-charge officer of the National TB Control Programme, had held a meeting to review the progress of RNTCP and discussed threadbare the existing scenario in the wake of increasing pollution causing a rise in the number of TB and respiratory disease patients. The meeting also discussed how each district in the State fared in implementing the RNTCP.