During the meeting, Nadda directed for a comprehensive strategy for addressing incidence, prevalence and surveillance aspects to eliminate leprosy at the district level.
He further directed the officials to take up new interventions in areas where the prevalence is high and mount aggressive IEC campaigns to enhance awareness on prevention and control of leprosy in the states, and to destigmatise leprosy.
He further said that there is an urgent need for creating awareness in the community and was of the view that ‘TB Champions’ who survived tuberculosis, may be identified to raise awareness about TB in various states.
He further suggested that innovative approaches should be adopted to address TB. He further directed that TB awareness and case detection should be addressed through campaign mode and should be made into a mass movement.
The health minister also directed the officers to conduct regular supervisory visits to various states for assessing the situation, preparedness and to provide on the spot technical guidance to the state health authorities. Nadda has also asked senior officers to review the progress of both the programme regularly.