The Centre’s ambitious population-based screening programme on non-communicable diseases (NCD) kick-started in Jharkhand from Dhanbad district on Thursday.
An orientation programme was organised at the auditorium of the civil surgeon’s office in which state nodal officer of the programme Dr Lalit Ranjan Pathak, rolled out the project and informed medical officers, programme managers ,auxiliary nurse mid-wives and healthcare workers how to implement it.
The Centre has selected 100 districts across the country, including three in Jharkhand – Ranchi, Bokaro and Dhanbad–in the pilot project in which the population of the selected districts will be screened to detect non- communicable diseases like diabetes, hypertension, oral , breast and cervical cancers, said Pathak.
“The Centre has released the fund for launching the programme in Dhanbad and Bokaro. We kick-started it in Dhanbad on December 7 and at Bokaro from tomorrow ( Friday),” he told Hindustan Times.
The programme in Ranchi is expected to be launched in the last week December, he said.
Pathak also directed the district health department to prepare a list of targeted people above 30 years so that no one overlooked during the screening.
The state health department has sent the names of 12 doctors – 4 from each district– including two gynecologists, a physician and a dentist to Union health department for training.
“The selected doctors after being trained in Delhi will in turn train medical officers, programme managers and healthcare staff of their respective district to execute the programme,” said Pathak.
He further said that the screening for diseases like diabetes, hypertension, oral and breast cancer would be held be at Swasth Mela or healthcare fair, while tests for cervical cancer will be conducted only at the primary health centre or the community health centre to maintain privacy of people.
“During the five-year long project, screening for diabetes, hypertension, oral cancer, breast cancer will be conducted every year but that for cervical cancer will be conducted once in five years,” he said.