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West Jaintia Hills observes World Tuberculosis Day with a call for collective effort to end TB

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Jowai, March 24: The World Tuberculosis Day was observed by the District Health Society of West Jaintia Hills at Khimmusniang Indoor Sports Hall, Jowai. The theme for this year’s observation was “Yes! We can End TB.” The program was attended by H M L Kynta, the Additional Deputy Commissioner of West Jaintia Hills, as the Chief Guest.

In her speech, Kynta emphasized the importance of taking responsibility to curb the spread of tuberculosis. She urged the patients to play a crucial role in fighting this disease by taking their medicines as per the prescription and getting themselves tested regularly as advised by their doctors.

Kynta also expressed her concern about tuberculosis being an air-borne disease and urged the community to work actively together to fight this menace by keeping their surroundings and environment clean. She also urged people who come across persons with suspicious symptoms of TB to advise them to meet a doctor immediately.

Senior Medical & Health Officer, DTC, Jowai, Dr. I Khyriem spoke about the importance of raising awareness about the disease and called for collective efforts to end this dreadful disease. District Tuberculosis Officer, West Jaintia Hills, Dr. E B V Laloo explained the signs and symptoms of TB and reminded each individual about the preventive measures that need to be taken.

To raise public awareness and understanding about the disease, the office of the District Health Society (NTEP), West Jaintia Hills, earlier conducted an awareness rally that was flagged off from Diamasi Playground, Ladthadlaboh, Jowai. Students from different schools in Jowai town took part in the rally carrying posters with messages. Additionally, the District Health Society also conducted a street play at Iawmusiang, Ladthadlaboh on March 17 and sports competitions at Panaliar Secondary School, Jowai, on March 22. Winners of various competitions were awarded prizes, and certificates of appreciation were given to ASHA and staff of the Medical and Health Office.

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