Ri-Bhoi, June 15 : A sensitization meeting on Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan (PMTBMBA) was organized by the Office of the District Tuberculosis Officer, Ri- Bhoi District, Meghalaya on June 15, 2023 at RNB Carbide & Ferro Alloy Ltd.
The meeting was attended by Dr. E. Kalwing, District TB Officer, Ri Bhoi District, Dr. W. Chyne, Medical Officer, Umsning Tuberculosis Unit, Dr. M. Diengdoh, Block Medical Officer, Umsning Block, Shri R. Marbaning, DPC Jhpiego, Smti. N. Tracy Kharkamni, State Coordinator ACSM, State TB Office, Shri. F. J. Diengdoh, District programme Coordinator, students of St. Joseph University, Bangalore, Managers and representatives from various factories and industries from the Umiam area.
In her welcome address, Dr. Kalwing highlighted the significance of Tuberculosis, its impact on the society and encouraged the community members not to be afraid but to come forward if they have such symptoms for screening oneself. She said that TB is a preventable and curable disease with right treatment available free of cost in all Government health facilities.
Dr. Chyne talked about the new initiative of the government known as PMTBMBA. He talked about the objectives and initiatives of the government in calling potential donors to be a Nikshay Mitra in providing additional patient support through distribution of food baskets to improve the treatment outcome of TB patients and to uplift the nutritional requirements during the course of treatment.
Shri Nongkynrih talked about how Covid affected the community and how the people fought and took care of themselves, same for Tuberculosis through the initiative of PMTBMBA we can come forward in helping TB community and urge all CSR companies to show support to take care of every patient and requested the companies and industries from every unit to adopt the patients and helps the Health Department in joining hands together to fight against TB.
Shri Marbaniang explained the important steps for registering as Donors and anyone who wishes to extend their support to consented TB patients can visit the NIKSHAY web portal(https://reports.nikshay.in/FormIO/DonorRegistration) and register themselves as Mitras, or they can contact their nearest PHC/CHC or District Tuberculosis Officer for assistance with registration.