Bhubaneswar,18/12/2016 ( Odisha Samachar /P ravakar Sahoo )-“Controlling tuberculosis remains one of India’s biggest health challenges and causes vast socio-economic losses. We have to ensure complete diagnosis and treatment for all TB patients and access to free services at their doorstep is the call of time.The project is being implemented by REACH, an NGO dedicated to the fight against TB since 1999.
With over 1,300 deaths per day, TB continues to be a grave public health crisis in India. In Odisha, the State TB Cell, as part of the Central TB Division’s Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme, works with a three-point vision to ‘reach all, detect all andtreat all’.Specifically, the Odisha government’s TB programme focuses on early detection among the vulnerable populations of the state. This effortrequires a multi-sectoral approach, that brings together various stakeholders, from the national and state governments to partners – both public and private – in the fight against the disease.
The launch event saw the participation of several key government dignitaries. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Priyadarshi MishraMLA Bhubaneswar North graced the occasion as Chief-Guest.Among others Dr Kailash Chandra Dash, Director, Health Services,DrJnanindra Kumar Tripathy, Director, Public Health and DrSanjuktaSahoo, State TB Officer,). Dr Amar Shah, Project Management USAIDand DrNalini Krishnan, Director, REACHaddressed the gathering and spoke about the State’s programme to control TB and urged all stakeholders to play an important role in controlling TB in the state.This project aims to transform theTB landscape in India by improving access to high quality services and reducing suffering and deaths.Through our efforts, we seek to amplify and support India’s response to TB by broadening the conversation around the disease and involving previously unengaged stakeholders, thereby raising the profile of TB at the national and state levels .