Hamirpur (HP): With an aim to eradicate the TB (Tuberculosis) from the Hamirpur district of Himachal Pradesh, the administration has decided to launch an active case-finding campaign from August 1-31, officials said here on Friday.
They said a decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of various committees relating to the health department under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner, Debasweta Banik last night.
The meeting was also attended by Dr RK Agnihotri, CMO, Hamirpur, and other senior functionaries of the Health Department.
It was decided that the active case finding teams would go from the door-to-door to detect TB patients and take the samples of the suspected patients.
The meeting reviewed the Chief Minister’s Tuberculosis Prevention Scheme as well as various arrangements related to the prevention of water-borne diseases, malaria, dengue and scrub typhus.
DC Banik said that in addition to the health department, the teams to be formed for this campaign will include the Ayurveda department and Anganwadi workers as well as ASHA workers. She directed all the BMOs to hold review meetings every week with the teams constituted in the respective areas and make strategies as per the requirements of the area.
The Deputy Commissioner said that the main objective of this campaign was to detect TB patients in the district and start treatment immediately so that the state can be made TB free by the year 2022.
She said that apart from free medicines, an amount of Rs 500 per month was also being given to the TB patients for their better nutrition. She said that during the campaign people would be motivated to download the TB Arogya Sathi app, as much important information is available in this app for people other than TB patients.
While reviewing the arrangements for the prevention of water-borne and other diseases, the Deputy Commissioner said that during the rainy season, the possibility of spreading malaria, dengue, scrub typhus, and water-borne diseases increases. To prevent these diseases, cleanliness should be maintained around the houses, offices and public places and water should not collect in such places.
The Deputy Commissioner directed the officials of the Education Department that all government and private educational institutions should ensure the cleanliness of the water tanks and also mark the date of cleaning on these tanks.
She also told them to make the children aware of these diseases. Also, ensure the cleanliness of the tanks of Anganwadi centers.
Ms Banik said that every Friday, ASHA workers would go door-to-door to make people aware of the diseases and precautions related to them during the rainy season.
The Deputy Commissioner informed that free malaria test facility was available in all the blocks of the district and directed the officials of the Health Department to conduct a massive awareness campaign regarding these diseases.
She directed the officials of the Health Department and the Education Department to work in coordination with each other for the successful conduct of these programs.