- The Maharashtra state health department has launched the ‘Active Case Finding’ campaign, to find the hidden cases of TB in Maharashtra.
- The state health department has made 279 teams, which will visit every household to find tuberculosis (TB) cases.
- The campaign will continue till November 24. ASHA and Aanganwadi workers will also be a part of these teams.
Like every other disease, cases of TB in Maharashtra, are also on the rise. As of now, Maharashtra has reported 1.75 lakh TB cases, and around 7000 people are suffering from Multi-Drug resistant (MDR-TB). The government launched an ‘Active Case Finding’ campaign to find hidden cases of TB in the state.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Padmaja Jogewar, head of the TB programme in Maharashtra, said, “Through the number of cases is rising, but, this is because of awareness about tuberculosis among the people. Now, we have launched a new campaign, where health officers will visit door-to-door, and conduct a survey about TB cases. We launched the campaign on November 12, and till now 70 % of the screening is completed.”
Dr Jogewar further added, “We are collecting the sputum samples to find out whether they are suffering from TB or not. As many as 159820 cases of Tuberculosis are reported, from April to September 2018, of which 650 are suffering from Extremely Drug-Resistant TB. Around 78 % of the patients, due to the timely diagnosis and treatment, are cured.”
To find the hidden cases, the health workers are spreading awareness about tuberculosis. Also, they are seeking the medical history of the people whether they are suffering from any health condition like heart ailment, hypertension, and other diseases.