The Sohra Tuberculosis Unit under the District TB Office, East Khasi Hills District on March 11 observed World Tuberculosis Month through health sensitization and quiz competition at Sohra Presbyterian Girls Hostel (Nongsawlia).
In his keynote address, Fillanstar Khongsit, STS of Sohra TB unit, highlighted the importance of Active Case Finding (ACF). It is a systematic screening for active TB, normally outside of health facilities. The tuberculosis unit is actively working on the ACF in all villages under the leadership of the health facilities and ASHA of the village level.
On this day, Daphishisha Rinbon, a TB champion who was also present in the programme, shared her testimony about her success story and how she has completely been cured of TB because of right and timely treatment. She also gave the credits to the Health Department for providing the necessary treatment free of charge.
While addressing the gathering, Dr. GE Swett, Medical Officer Tuberculosis Centre, Sohra TBU explained in detail about TB.
Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by bacteria (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) that most often affect the lungs. TB can affect any parts of the body except hair and nails. The symptoms of TB include cough that lasts for two weeks and more, fever, night sweats and weight loss. TB is preventable and curable with the right treatment.
The minimum treatment of TB is six months. Stating that prevention is better than cure, he stressed on the importance of personal hygiene and cleanliness. The doctors informed that it is essential to maintain one’s health and that everyone needs to follow a healthy lifestyle and keep themselves fit and healthy.
He also said that TB is of two types -Pulmonary TB which mainly affects the lungs and Extra Pulmonary TB which affects other parts of the body.