In a major boost towards commitment to eliminate Tuberculosis in the State, the Health and Family Welfare Department, Assam was conferred the National Award for reduction in TB cases in 2 districts under the National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme (NTEP) by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Govt of India on Friday.
Bongaigaon District was awarded Silver for 40% reduction in TB cases while Kokrajhar District was awarded Bronze for 20% reduction in TB cases respectively in the Sub National Certification for the year 2023.
The award was conferred at the One World TB Summit held at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh launched by Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.
Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Mansukh Mandaviya, Governor, Uttar Pradesh, Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Bharati Pravin Pawar, Member (Health), NITI Aayog, Dr V K Paul, Deputy Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh Brajesh Pathak, among others were present in the event.
Governor of Assam, Gulab Chand Kataria attended the event through virtual mode from Raj Bhavan and Health Minister, Keshab Mahanta, Avinash Joshi, Principal Secretary – Health, Bornali Sharma, Secretary– Health, Neel Madhab Das, Director of Health Services, Assam attended through virtual mode from Janata Bhawan, Dispur.
Dr M S Lakshmi Priya, IAS Mission Director, National Health Mission Assam, Dr. Avijit Basu, Joint Director (TB) cum State TB Officer Assam along with other delegates from State WHO was present in the momentous event at Varanasi.
Team Assam has been relentlessly working towards elimination of TB in the State. It is mentionable here that recently Former Governor of Assam, Prof. Jagadish Mukhi had adopted 10 TB patients, Chief Minister of Assam, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma had adopted five TB patients and Health Minister of Assam, Keshab Mahanta had adopted four TB patients as part of the Nikshay Mitra Campaign under the aegis of Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyan (PMTBMBA).
It is noteworthy here that the State had diagnosed total 47,926 TB Patients in the year 2022 with 88% success rate.