Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Awards Gold Medal to Three J&K Districts in National Tuberculosis Elimination Program – India Education | Latest Education News | World Education News

New Delhi: Efforts of Department of Health and Medical Education of Jammu and Kashmir for ending TB received major validation with three districts in Union Territory – Anantnag, Pulwama and Kupwara receiving Gold Medal under the sub-national certification program for the elimination of tuberculosis in the country. The activity was carried out by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

A total of 8 districts in the country have received the gold medal and J&K has 03 districts in this list. Five other districts that got gold medals are Malappuram and Wayanad in Kerala, Khargone in Madhya Pradesh, Ahmednagar in Maharashtra and Purba Mednipur in West Bengal. All of these districts have seen a 60-80% reduction in TB cases over the past five years.

UT’s fourth entry, Baramulla earned the bronze medal under this program.

Speaking on the achievement, Shri Vivek Bhardwaj, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Health and Medical Education (H&ME), J&K said: “The gold medal of three districts in Jammu and Kashmir reflects the hard work of the district administration and health officials to eradicate TB from the union territory. We are aligned with the vision of the Government of India to eliminate TB from the country by 2025. This recognition of our efforts will motivate the local teams associated with the TB elimination program to work with more enthusiasm.

State Tuberculosis Officer (STO) Dr. Rubeena Shaheen said that out of 08 districts selected for gold across the country, three are from J&K. It’s a matter of pride for the entire UT Health Department. On behalf of the entire team, we thank the Indian government for recognizing our efforts.

Dr. Syed Faheem Aalam, District Tuberculosis Officer in Anantnag, said that on behalf of all health workers and officials in Anantnag District, we express our gratitude to the UT Government for their guidance and his constant support in the execution of the tuberculosis elimination program in the district. This recognition will further motivate us to completely eliminate TB from the district by 2025.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has launched the Subnational Certification of Progress Towards Tuberculosis Free Status initiative in 2020-21 to track progress towards the goal of total elimination of tuberculosis in India. by 2025. Verification of the state/UT/district submitted applications was completed by the ICMR National Tuberculosis Research Institute (ICMR-NIRT) from February to March 2021, in collaboration with ICMR National Institute of Epidemiology (ICMR-NIE), Indian Association of Prevention and Social Medicine (IAPSM) and WHO India.

Field verification of preconditions through review of program records and patient interviews, verification of public sector drug consumption data and private sector drug sales data, through Chart reviews and interactions with private practitioners and pharmacists were conducted for submitted claims. These steps were supported by a district-level survey to estimate TB incidence and under-reporting in randomly selected villages within the districts.

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