Pimpri: The government has adopted a new approach to control Tuberculosis (TB) as per the directives of World Health Organisation (WHO) from this year, screening patients via door-to-door visits.
The TB Control Cell of Pimpri Chicnhwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has conducted ‘Active Case Detection Drive’ in July in which it screened 60,000 citizens in 15 days and detected 141 suspected TB patients. Of these, seven were confirmed TB cases.
Dr Balasaheb Hodgar, PCMC’s TB Control Officer told Sakal Times, “By conducting this Active Case Detection Drive, we have taken help of volunteers of nursing college and a homeopathic college in Pimpri-Chinchwad. We covered 18 out of 71 slum pockets in the city, reaching at least 60,000 people.”
A team of the medical professionals visits every household in designated area and speaks to the people and gets information. If they feel there is suspected case of TB, they collect sample of sputum on the spot.
Later, it is tested by the designated lab and if infection is found, the person is tracked and brought under treatment regimen in the government TB eradication programme. Hodgar said, “This drive has proven to be an effective tool. TB is completely curable if proper treatment is given on time.”
He said the government has asked them to conduct this programme for 15 days, but given the successful reach, they have decided to conduct this drive throughout the year.