Shillong, September 08 : The Office of District Tuberculosis Officer, East Khasi Hills District today organized a program regarding the launch event of Ni-Kshay Mitra Project in East Khasi Hills District on “Food Distribution on Community Support Scheme for TB Patients by Doctors For You”, at Reid Provincial Chest Hospital Hall, Mawbah, Shillong. East Khasi Hills, Deputy Commissioner, R. M. Kurbah attended the programme as Chief Guest.

Doctors For You which is a Non Governmental Organization is adopting 100 TB patients from East Khasi Hills district in which they will provide nutritional support to all of them who have been sponsored by MYLAN Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd, Bangalore.

The Ni-Kshay Mitra Project was launched by the President of India under Pradhan Mantri TB Mukth Bharat Abhiyan on 9th September, 2022. The project ensures three pronged support which includes Nutrition, Additional Diagnostic and Vocational Support.

The program was brought to fill in the critical community elements into India’s fight towards the “Pradhan Mantri TB Mukth Abhiyaan”, aimed to eliminate Tuberculosis in India by 2025. The program provides additional support to TB patients to take advantage of Corporate Social Responsibility opportunities to improve treatment outcomes, enhance community participation and fulfill India’s commitment to TB eradication.

The support provided to the patients under this initiative is in addition to the free diagnostics, free drug and NI-KSHAY Poshan Yojna provided by National Tuberculosis elimination programme to all the patients notified both in public and private sector.

R. M. Kurbah in her brief address thanked the Doctors For You for taking the initiative in reaching out to the patients in the district and expressed optimism that the project will have a positive impact in eradicating TB from the society and the country as a whole. She also urged the patients present in the programme to have regular medication and also to take advantage of the project by maintaining healthy and nutritional food habits which will play a vital part in their recovery process.

During the programme, the Chief Guest along with other dignitaries handed over the nutritional kits to the patients. Dr M. Mawrie, State Tuberculosis Officer also presented the Ni-kshay Mitra Certificate to R. M. Kurbah, Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills District.