Rally on nutrition, TB organized

TAWANG, Sep 23: More than 350 ASHAs and anganwadi workers took out a rally as part of the National Nutrition Month here on Monday to raise public awareness on the importance of eating nutritious food.
The rally also sought to create awareness on TB control programmes, and prevention and treatment of the disease through DOTS.
CDPO Dondup Pema informed that campaigns on nutrition and its importance were conducted at village, block and circle levels in the district, and lauded the ASHAs and the anganwadi workers.
She also announced the names of the “best anganwadi workers” who made extra efforts to enroll beneficiaries under the PM’s Matrutwa Vanadana Yojana.
NTCP District Programme Officer Dr Urgen Lhamu informed that India used to be the country with the second highest cases of TB before the introduction of the RNTCP.
Dr Lhamu informed that prior to introduction of the RNTCP, TB killed one person every one-and-half minute in the country. Presently, one person dies every five minutes due to TB in the country, she said.
She advised TB patients to complete the course of medicines, saying “otherwise there is every chance of developing drug resistant TB.”
DMO Dr Wangdi Lama spoke on balanced diet, and requested the CDPO to hold a meeting to educate the ASHAs and the anganwadi workers on breast cancer and menstrual hygiene.