DHS seeks cooperation in 3rd phase ATCF

ITANAGAR, Dec 4: The Papum Pare District Health Society (RNTCP) has launched the third phase of the Active Tuberculosis Case Finding (ATCF) activities on Monday for tuberculosis case detection and to initiate treatment for hidden tuberculosis cases.
The District Health Society has appealed to the public of the district to cooperate with its staffers in detecting hidden tuberculosis cases, so that tuberculosis can be eliminated from the country.
Launched at the Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) auditorium in Doimukh, the ATCF will continue till December 18.
Speaking on the occasion, RGU Registrar, Professor Tomo Riba requested all the staff members and beneficiaries to cooperate and work amicably for the success of the programme.
“People should avail this facility as the teams come to their doorsteps. Tuberculosis is no more a stigma as it was in the earlier days. We do not have to be afraid of it,” he said.
Chairing the programme, Chief Medical Superintendent of Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, Dr Hage Ambing spoke on the free facilities provided through the programme.
He informed that patients need to complete their full course of anti-tuberculosis medicines.
“If the course is not completed, it may lead to multi-drug resistant tuberculosis and complicated tuberculosis which would be difficult to treat,” he added.
In all, 120 people were screened on the first day of the third phase of the ATCF, and eight sputum samples were collected.