Wednesday, February 1, 2023

State TB forum meeting held in Kohima


With the focus to eliminate TB in Nagaland, state TB forum meeting was held at conference hall of Commissioner & Secretary (H&FW), Kohima on August 11.
WHO consultant, National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme (NTEP), Dr. Collins Zekotso Sono presented objectives of TB forum, with terms of reference to both state and district, along with progress chart of the state to end TB.
Dr. Sono mentioned that forum was formed to act as a bridge between community, TB patients, health system, and CSOs along with advocacy activities to influence policy changes for accessible, affordable and supportive TB services consisting of 10-15 members from different sectors (TB Champions), CSOs, media, government officials, key stakeholders etc.
The main objective of the meeting was to engage with policymakers and implementers to ensure justice, rights and dignity of TB patients for effective service delivery; to supplement and complement government initiatives to enforce TB patient- friendly law, policy and programmes; to improve awareness on various government schemes, provisions, facilities available for TB patients; and to improve treatment literacy and adherence among TB patients.
APO, Dr. Apichetla Amer presented the action taken report which included installation of IEC hoardings, formation of district TB forum in all districts and inclusion of ARK foundation (NGO) in the state TB forum.
State TB officer, (NTEP), Dr. Tiasunep Pongener briefly spoke on efforts for “End TB by 2025 in the state of Nagaland”.
Earlier, meeting was chaired by Secretary (Health), Asangla Imti. During the meeting, two TB champions shared their testimony and their journey to recovery. Stakeholders also raised issues and concerns with regard to further improvement of community support and sensitisation issues.

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