Clubs, churches urged to join fight against TB

IMPHAL, 3rd Dec: Chief Minister N Biren on Monday inaugurated State TB Hospital constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 8.74 crore by Manipur Police Housing Corporation (MPHC) at Keirao Wangkhem in Imphal East district.
Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, CM Biren stressed the need to change the pattern of imparting awareness on prevention and treatment of the disease.
Maintaining that the only way to control TB is to create effective mass awareness, he said that controlling the disease should be the collective responsibility of each and every member of the society. Local clubs in valley districts and churches in hill districts may extend help to the government in spreading awareness among the public, he opined.
Though the prevalence rate of TB in the state was high between 2000 and 3000, the figure has been reduced to around 1500 in the past few years, he said, while emphasising on the need to further reduce the rate.
Highlighting developmental initiatives taken up by his government, the Chief Minister said that the main deterrence to effective execution of developmental works is the practice of distributing work programmes among ministers and MLAs. In the past, MLAs and ministers used to claim any available work programme no matter whether the work is suitable for effective execution at their area or not, he said. The government has now constructed two gates for the state at Jessami bordering Nagaland at the cost of Rs 10 lakh each. Interestingly, the area was somewhat restricted to valley people and the government could not even set up a police station there. However, with the initiatives of his government, residents of the area are cooperating with the government in taking up these initiatives, he contended.
Observing that every government should be able to understand and address the basic necessities of its people, Biren said that the current government has a strong commitment to rehabilitate poor and helpless people.
On the other hand, efforts are being put in to provide safe drinking water to every household to make Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision a reality by 2022.
Stating that the government is ever ready to provide any type of assistance to hard working youths and skilled persons, Biren urged the public to extend co-operation to the government in making Manipur self-sufficient in fish, food and vegetable productions. He also urged them not to extend support and co-operation to any type of bandhs/blockades because it largely affects the State economy.
Health and family welfare minister L Jayantakumar, who presided over the function, said that TB is one of the greatest health challenges being faced by the country. This challenge has become further complicated with the emergence of Multi-Drug Resistance (MDR) TB and prevalence of HIV-TB co-infection. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a vision to eradicate TB by 2025 and there is a strong need for support from the public to achieve the objective, he said.
Construction of the hospital began from 2010 after the Centre sanctioned Rs 5 crore under Special Plan Assistance (SPA) during 2008-2009 while the state share of the project was Rs 3.74 crore. Initially planned at Chingmeirong, the hospital was shifted to its present location in 2015. The hospital currently has 62 staff including seven doctors and a superintendent.
Forest and environment minister Th Shyamkumar, MLAs Y Surchandra, N Indrajit, Dr Sapam Ranjan, Khashim Vashum, Th Satyabrata, L Rameshwor, principal secretary (Health) Vumlunmang Vualnam, MPHC managing director C Doungel and director (Health) Dr K Rajo also attended the function.

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