'Hungama to End TB' campaign launched in Odisha's Berhampur
A door-to-door survey titled 'Hungama to End TB' was launched in the slums of Odisha to identify people suffering from tuberculosis. The drive was launched by Berhampur MLA RC Chyaupatnaik on Saturday in the presence of Berhampur Municipal Corporation Commissioner Chakrabarti Singh Rathore, Deputy Mayor Jyostna Nayak, and others. The drive will continue till March 23, said District Tuberculosis Officer AK Mishra.
Survey to help raise awareness among people
Mishra said, "Anganwadi, Asha and health workers, along with volunteers, collected sputum from the suspected TB-affected for laboratory tests and further treatment." The drive will cover all the 40 wards of the Berhampur Municipal Corporation area. "The survey will help raise levels of awareness and will help the town to be free of TB by 2025," said MLA Chyaupatnaik.
Around 40 people died of TB in last two years
In 2016 and 2017, as many as 360 and 311 TB patients were detected in Berhampur city. "Of them, 342 and 280 were cured after proper treatment in 2016 and 2017," said Mishra. This means that at least 40 people have died of TB. Besides the survey, a daily puppet show will be organized in every ward to create awareness on the disease.