Month-Long Active TB Case Detection Drive Starts on December 1 in Dakshina Kannada

Month-Long Active TB Case Detection Drive Starts on December 1 in Dakshina Kannada

December 1: A month-long active tuberculosis detection drive will be taken up across Dakshina Kannada from December 1, Tuesday. Officials will test people with co-morbidities, namely HIV and diabetes, the malnourished, and alcoholics. As many as 1,398 health workers, including ASHAs and ANMs, will be involved in the exercise.
Dr. Bhadruddin said the objective of this drive is to identify tuberculosis among the vulnerable sections of the population, which includes those who have tested positive for TB previously.
District Health and Family Welfare Officer Ramachandra Bairy said those found positive for TB during the drive would be treated at the District TB Centre on the Government Wenlock Hospital premises for a week. Arrangements will be made to continue the treatment at the primary health centre closest to the house of the patient. Rs 500 will be credited to the victim or his family member’s bank account every month for a period of six months, and this will cover the cost of providing nutritious food to the patient.

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