State TB cell, UT Ladakh celebrates International Women’s at village Phyang of Leh.
Ladakh, March 8, 2022
‘TB Harega Desh Jeetega’ is a nationwide campaign to spread disease awareness about TB and encourage people with TB symptoms to seek medical attention and remain adherent to treatment.
State TB cell, UT Ladakh celebrated International Women’s Day, Under the banner of “Women and TB” with the Self Help Group namely Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA Bharat) at village Phyang of Leh.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Rushali Sharma, Medical officer NHM Ladakh spoke about the sign and symptoms of Tuberculosis (TB), it’s treatment adherence, preventive measures and role of women in eliminating Tuberculosis.
Mrs. Deachen spalzes, State programme officer, NTEP highlighted about the overall Programme and schemes going on under National Tuberculosis Elimination Program (NTEP).
Miss. Kunzang Dolma, State Accountant, NTEP said about the Nutritional support scheme DBT under which the patient gets financial assistance.
Miss. Hakima Banoo, State IEC Consultant, NHM Ladakh shared about the Stigma and it’s impact on persons affected by TB. Highlighting the importance to end stigma and Discrimination association with Tuberculosis, she said “ to end TB, we must end TB Stigma”.
Meanwhile an activity was conducted with the participants to sensitize women about TB and inspire them towards health seeking behavior.
An interactive session was also held at the end of program in order to clear any misconceptions and queries among the participants about TB and NTEP.
Nilza Angmo who was Coordinator for SEWA Bharat thanked State TB cell, UT Ladakh for conducting the awareness program at their Village.
Pertinently, Tuberculosis is the leading infectious cause of death in women worldwide. The disease poses a major threat to women’s health security. Population growth, the HIV epidemic, increasing poverty and rising levels of drug resistance will inevitably increase the burden of this disease in women. Women are at increased risk of progression to disease during their reproductive years.