For his novel initiatives and campaigns to control tuberculosis (TB), Dr Ranjit Rai, a government physician of Mansa, has won a state award from the health minister.
Dr Rai took the award at Ropar on World Tuberculosis Day (March 24). Besides health minister Madan Mohan Mittal, legislator (Ropar) Daljit Singh Cheema and health director Dr Ashok Nayyar honoured him.
The doctor has come out with new ways of creating mass awareness about the precautions, detection, and treatment in case of TB. Painted in yellow and carrying information about the disease all over its body, his Honda Activa scooter travels to villages, schools, private institutes, and clubs in the district.
Charmed by his idea, the state government has adopted it for all district health centres. With the help of a non-government organisation, Dr Ranjit took nearly 1,000 calendars holding information about tuberculosis to doctors, schools, private clubs, and villages.
"Besides eight designated microscope centre to test the disease, there are 12 multiple drug resistance cases under treatment in Mansa," said Dr Ranjit Rai. "We provide patients with conveyance allowance to pick the tabs for their reaching government tuberculosis hospital in Patiala, where we give them free-of-cost medicinal treatment worth up to Rs 2.5 lakh under the revised national TB control programme (RNTCP)."
Professionals at nearly 30 private laboratories across the country have combined their effort to provide the World Health Organisation (WHO)-approved GeneXpert MTB/RIF molecular test to diagnose active TB and Hain Genotype test for subsidised price. These tests are done free of cost in Patiala, Amritsar, and Delhi. "We have started equipping private laboratories in Mansa with infrastructure for sputum examination at minimum price.
"To discourage the recommending of costly medicines of private companies for the treatment of tuberculosis, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) should recommend medicines that the government distributes free of cost, as now every case has to be reported to the government." said Dr Rai.