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Identify TB Champions to raise awareness: Nadda

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Union Minister on Tuesday said 'TB Champions' who survived should be identified to raise awareness about the curable disease for a TB free by 2025.

Reviewing the status of leprosy and in the country, he said there is an urgent need for creating awareness in the community and he was of the view that "TB Champions who survived may be identified to raise awareness about TB in various states", said a Ministry statement.

Taking stock of the Revised National Control Program (RNTCP), Nadda urged all stakeholders to come together for an aggressive strategy for TB free by 2025 and suggested that innovative approaches should be adopted to address the disease.

TB awareness and case detection should be addressed through campaign mode and should be made into a mass movement, he said.

"The Minister also directed the officers to conduct regular supervisory visits to various states for assessing the situation, preparedness and to provide on the spot technical guidance to the state authorities," said the statement.

Chairing the high level meeting to review the status of the National Leprosy Eradication Programme (NLEP), he stressed on a comprehensive strategy for addressing incidence, prevalence and surveillance aspects to eliminate leprosy at the district level.

Nadda further directed the officials to take up new interventions in areas where the prevalence is high and mount aggressive information, education and communication campaigns to enhance awareness on prevention and control of leprosy in the states and to destigmatise it.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 20:38 IST
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