The centre is concerned about the health-related issues of the people of the country and Prime Narendra Modi himself is taking keen interest to make the public aware of these important issues.
Disclosing this during a one-day Regional Orientation Workshop for field publicity officers of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting at UT Guest House, Home-cum-Health Secretary, Chandigarh Anurag Aggarwal said that Mr.Modi himself has written to all the Chief Ministers and UT Administrators to take concrete steps to control tuberculosis in the country at the earliest.
“This shows the concern of the central government towards controlling and subsequently eradicating diseases including TB and Leprosy from the country,” he added.
The workshop was a part of an integrated campaign on TB, Leprosy, Mission Indradhanush and Mission Parivar Vikas of the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. The objective of the regional workshop was to educate and ensure adequate programme literacy for the field publicity officers of the Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP) of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.
In the first phase, these officers would further create awareness among the general public in six districts in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and the Union Territory, Chandigarh. These high priority districts have been identified by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare where Special Outreach Programmes for awareness would commence from January next year.
Mr Aggarwal said that the synergy between departments of Centre and States would help in organizing fruitful awareness campaigns to identify people suffering from these health-related issues so that preventive steps could immediately be taken with the help of Health Departments. He said that there is a need to increase such awareness and special outreach campaigns for different beneficiary oriented schemes of the government.
Earlier, Ashish Goyal, Director, DFP, Chandigarh welcomed the chief guest and apprised him of the functioning of the Department. Mr Anuj Chandak, Deputy Director also spoke.
Dr Anu Chopra Dosanjh, Assistant Director, Department of Health & Family Welfare, Punjab, who was the resource person, educated the field officers on the topic of ‘Immunization & Mission Indradhanush’ and why the immunization of the children right from the birth till the age of five years is necessary for their well being and healthy life.
Dr Kiran Chhabra, State Coordinator, TB and HIV, Punjab while assuring that TB is treatable said that people themselves can help in preventing it by taking care of their sneezing and cough habits in the public. She said anyone who wants to get himself checked for TB can call give a missed call on 1800-11-46. She stressed that the message “TB is Curable” must reach the target audience.
Dr Mohammad Razmi, Senior Resident, PGI, Chandigarh and Dr Manjeet Pal, Medical Officer gave a presentation on Leprosy and National Leprosy Eradication Programme (NLEP), respectively. The officers were made aware of the various facilities being provided by NLEP. It was also stressed that leprosy is also curable and the government has opened up many centres across the country for its treatment.