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Two-day Zonal Task Force workshop on Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme held in Leh

Leh,August 11, (Scoop News)-In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modhi’s decision to eliminate TB from India by 2025, the two-day Zonal Task Force (ZTF) workshop on Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) for involvement of Medical Colleges in comprehensive TB control (North Zone) is being held at Leh for the first time.
Organized by State TB Cell Directorate of Health Services Kashmir in collaboration with Central TB Division Dte. General of Health Services MoH & FW Govt. of India at Hotel Grand Dragon Leh, participants from 8 states including Delhi, UP, Uttarkhand, Chandigarh, Punjab, J&K, Himachal Pardesh and Harayana are participating in this workshop. The ZTF has been planned specially at Leh for North Zone medical colleges to apprise medical college faculty of the difficulties in this Zone.
The Chief Executive Councilor LAHDC, Leh Dr. Sonam Dawa Lonpo who was chief guest of the inaugural session, addressing the workshop expressed great happiness for choosing Leh for this national level workshop and hoped that such kind of workshop will help a lot in understanding and solving the problems and issues of Ladakh region. Highlighting the unique geographical and climatic constraints of Ladakh region including road and air connectivity problems during winter months, CEC Dr. Dawa said that special attention, care and provisions is needed to solve the unique problems of Ladakh.
CEC Dr. Dawa said that prevalence of TB among local population is very less in Leh, but occurrence of TB in neighbour district Kargil and detection of TB in migrated labours especially in summers months always pose threats to the local population and sought concrete solution for complete eradication of TB from Leh.
Underlining the achievements of SNM Hospital Leh, CEC Dr. Dawa highly appreciated the tireless endeavour of doctors and medical staffs headed by CMO, Leh and Medical Superintendent SNM Hospital Leh despite of many hardships and hoped that this two days workshop will prove fruitful in improving the health sector of Leh district.


The Medical colleges Involvement under RNTCP, the Medical Colleges play an important role in service delivery, advocacy, training and operation research. With advancement in TB Care the Medical Colleges are supporting case management of Drug Resistant TB Patients, Pharma-Co vigilance and private sectors engagement. There is a Task Force mechanism for regular co-ordination, monitoring and advocacy purpose at State, Zonal and National Level. Currently 382 Medical Colleges are involved with RNTCP. They contribute 16-20% pulmonary TB patients and 50% extra pulmonary TB patients out of total TB patients notified from RNTCP. The Zonal Task Force Meetings are conducted from central level every year to review performance of State Task Force and share update of program policies & strategies. There are 6 zones in India and Zonal Task Force Meetings are hold in each of six zones. Medical College Faculties were apprised on recent changes in technical and operational guidelines of the program during these meetings.
Addressing the programme Dr. Mohan Singh Mission Director NHM J&K said that Leh district is on the top among 22 hospital of J&K State in implementing NHM and SNM Hospital Leh is the number one district hospital in the state and advocated for giving medical college statues for Leh hospital.
Earlier, Mr. Prabodh Saxene Principal Secretary Health Himachal Pardesh Gvot., Dr. Saleem-ur-Rehman and other dignitaries also addressed the programme.
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