Mizoram governor Haribabu Kambhampati, health minister R Lalthangliana pledge to adopt 30 tuberculosis patients | Guwahati News


AIZAWL: Mizoram governor Haribabu Kambhampati and health minister R Lalthangliana announced that they would adopt 20 and 10 tuberculosis patients, respectively, during the state launch of Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyan at the Raj Bhavan in Aizawl on Monday.
Under this community support programme, TB patients could be adopted and cared for by an individual, elected representatives or institutions through Ni-kshay 2.0 portal.
Hitherto, the portal has seen only 22 registrations of ‘Ni-kshay Mitras’ (TB patient caretakers) from Mizoram, the governor said.
“To set an example as the head of the state,” the governor pledged to adopt 20 TB patients under the programme.
To accelerate the progress in this initiative, he appealed to all sections of the society to donate food baskets as much-needed nutritional support to TB patients through the Nikshay Mitra programme.
In his inaugural address, the governor urged all the stakeholders to create mass awareness about the prevention of TB and the effectiveness of its treatment. He also stressed the importance of adopting TB patients through Nikshay.
He urged all the stakeholders, including co-operative societies, corporates, elected representatives, civil societies, public and private institutions, political parties, church bodies and individuals to come forward and participate in this noble service.
Health minister R Lalthangliana reiterated India’s commitment to end TB by 2025, five years ahead of the global target of 2030. He also explained the target set for Mizoram based on the baseline year of 2015.
He said Mizoram reported 2,145 TB cases and 38 deaths due to TB in 2015.
“Eighty per cent reduction from this means four deaths due to TB and 90% reduction means that not more than 430 TB cases by 2025 for Mizoram to be declared as a TB-free state,” he said.
He also elaborated on the strategy to achieve this target and the progress of infrastructural strengthening to support this effort.
Altogether 1,358 TB patients are currently undergoing treatment in Mizoram.
Out of this, a total of 1,039 patients have given their consent to receive support under the Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyan.





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