5 villages identified for TB eradication programme


The quarterly meeting of TB forum of the Voluntary Health Association of Goa on Monday identified five villages where steps would be taken to create awareness about tuberculosis and help villagers to move towards elimination of the disease. 
The villages are Parra, Karapur-Sarvan, Pariyem-Sanquelim, Betki and Carambolim.
Executive Director VHAG Dr Cynthia Pinto said these villages have been identified under Axshya project, which was implemented in Goa in 2011 to improve the reach, visibility and effectiveness of the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) through civil society.
Dr Pinto said in Carambolim practically every TB patient was chronic. “Through this programme every member and school children of the identified villages will be made aware about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of TB,” she observed. 
“Once we are done with these five villages, more villages will be identified where similar exercise will be carried out,” she added.
Among those present at the meeting was Dr Vandana Dhume, North Goa District TB Officer who informed that over the last five years Goa’s TB statistics have remained consistent at 2,000 registered cases. “Out of these 2,000 cases, 35 patients are taking second line of treatment and 5 per cent are co-infected, which means those having both HIV and TB,” she mentioned.
Dr Dhume said in places such as Sattari, Valpoi and Bicholim many patients have discontinued treatment because of alcoholism. “This is a major area and concern where awareness is required,” she highlighted. 
Forum’s chairman Raj Vaidya and members of the several NGOs, who are work with VHAG were present.   [H]