Raipur: Chhattisgarh Governor Anandiben Patel took a meeting with state health and family welfare department and Red Cross Society here on Thursday to review the status tuberculosis control programs which are being conducted in the state.
Chairing the meeting the Governer Anandiben Patel instructed both the department’s officials to ensure that campaigns to make state TB-free are being organized frequently in the state.
Anandiben also gave instructions to the health and family welfare department officials to distribute nutritious and protein-rich foods such as gram, peanut and seasonal fruits to the children in the poorer sections of the state who are suffering from tuberculosis.
Aninandiben pointed out the main cause of tuberculosis is the lack of nutritious food. She instructed the department officials to find out people who are suffering from tuberculosis in the poorer sections of the state including urban slum colonies and provide them nutritious food especially to the children.
She said that the government is already providing free medicines to the people suffering from TB, but they will become healthier sooner when they will get proper nutritious food and fruits.
Speaking about her suggestions to the department, Anandiben said that volunteers from prominent institutions including National Cadet Corps (NCC), National Service Scheme (NSS) and NGO’s must be encouraged to take part in the TB-free campaigns to reach people in remote areas providing them information about TB.
Informing the officials of the current status of TB campaigns in the state, Director of Health Services R Prasanna said that TB control centers are already established in every district and 155 TB Diagnosis and Treatment centers across the state. Besides, there are 769 TB test centers in the state.
He informed that the patients who are diagnosed with TB are being provided with free medicines and nutritious food also. The campaign to provide nutritious food to TB patients which is recently started by the state government is also being adopted by the Central Government.
While giving information about the programs and activities conducted by RCS, President of Chhattisgarh Red Cross Society Ashok Agarwal there are as many as 55,003 life members in the state. Services like ambulance service, medical stores, old age homes, roadside accident assistance etc are being provided across the state by the society.