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February 05, 2020 06:33:00 |

Fighting tuberculosis

 Health care system doesn’t only comprise hospitals and dispensaries. Such institutions provide treatment for disease once they have occurred. Another way of taking care of the health of a society is to aware people about different ways and means that can stop the emergence of a disease. Latter is always better than the former, and also cheaper. We keep receiving reports about awareness camps being conducted at various places in Jammu and Kashmir. It is the need of the hour that the frequency of such camps increases. Beside the quality of information should also be upgraded. This can contribute a lot in arresting the spread of disease at the very beginning, saving many lives. Experts believe that the commonly known diseases, like TB, continue to remain a major health related concern in 21st century inspite of the fact that treatment to such diseases is easily available. The researches conduct at different levels revealed that the two of every five persons in India are infected by tuberculosis and there are strong chances that a person who is suffering from this disease can infect at least 10-15 persons if not treated properly.  The TB epidemic attained highest proposition during the 1990s, however the growth of this hazard has been slowed down each passing year and is continuously showing a downslide. The disease nevertheless has been found to be less in Kashmir despite the cruel and harsh weather conditions. On national level, after realizing the gravity of the disease the Indian health ministry launched a massive programme which is commonly known as DOTS (Directly Observed Treatment, Short course). This programme has been fastest growing programme in the world and has covered a large population, particularly in rural regions. India now has the second largest DOTS programme in the world and the largest in the world in terms of patients initiated on treatment, placing more than 100,000 patients on treatment every month.  In Kashmir, we need to be very cautious on this front. We should popularize the findings of research and also make sure that what doctors discuss in seminars reaches common masses. That way people will benefit more and the purpose will be served. Our premier health institutes can take lead in this regard. They can cooperate with the agencies at block level to disseminate the information amongst the rural population who needs it the most. It is always better to take precautionary measures than curative steps.

 

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Fighting tuberculosis

              

 Health care system doesn’t only comprise hospitals and dispensaries. Such institutions provide treatment for disease once they have occurred. Another way of taking care of the health of a society is to aware people about different ways and means that can stop the emergence of a disease. Latter is always better than the former, and also cheaper. We keep receiving reports about awareness camps being conducted at various places in Jammu and Kashmir. It is the need of the hour that the frequency of such camps increases. Beside the quality of information should also be upgraded. This can contribute a lot in arresting the spread of disease at the very beginning, saving many lives. Experts believe that the commonly known diseases, like TB, continue to remain a major health related concern in 21st century inspite of the fact that treatment to such diseases is easily available. The researches conduct at different levels revealed that the two of every five persons in India are infected by tuberculosis and there are strong chances that a person who is suffering from this disease can infect at least 10-15 persons if not treated properly.  The TB epidemic attained highest proposition during the 1990s, however the growth of this hazard has been slowed down each passing year and is continuously showing a downslide. The disease nevertheless has been found to be less in Kashmir despite the cruel and harsh weather conditions. On national level, after realizing the gravity of the disease the Indian health ministry launched a massive programme which is commonly known as DOTS (Directly Observed Treatment, Short course). This programme has been fastest growing programme in the world and has covered a large population, particularly in rural regions. India now has the second largest DOTS programme in the world and the largest in the world in terms of patients initiated on treatment, placing more than 100,000 patients on treatment every month.  In Kashmir, we need to be very cautious on this front. We should popularize the findings of research and also make sure that what doctors discuss in seminars reaches common masses. That way people will benefit more and the purpose will be served. Our premier health institutes can take lead in this regard. They can cooperate with the agencies at block level to disseminate the information amongst the rural population who needs it the most. It is always better to take precautionary measures than curative steps.

 

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