Tuesday, March 27, 2007

IDF participates in World TB Day 2007


Bangalore, March 24, 2007

Indian Development Foundation in collaboration with the Office of the Joint Director of Tuberculosis, Govt. of Karnataka, National TB Institute, various other Associations and NGO’s at Bangalore observed World TB Day on 24th March in a fitting manner.

Earlier His Excellency Sri T. N. Chathurvedi, Governor of Karnataka flagged off the rally from Raj Bhavan by 10.00 am in the presence of Hon'ble Sri R. Ashok, Minister for Health and Family Welfare and Hon'ble Sri Ramachandra Gowda, Minister for Science and Technology, Govt. of Karnataka.

The rally was participated by a large number of students from various nursing schools and volunteers from the non-governmental organizations in the city. The participants of the rally were holding banners and placards on scientific information on Tuberculosis. The rally started from Raj Bhavan, passed through Ambedkar Road, K.R. Circle, Kasthurba Road and Hudson Circle and reached Puttanna Chetty Town hall, where a public meeting was organized by 11.30 am.

Hon'ble Sri R. Ashok, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of Karnataka and the chief guest for the function, said that the government of Karnataka has resolved to eliminate TB from the state. Bestowing awards on excellent medical practitioners, DOT providers and volunteers appreciating their good work in TB control and presenting prizes to six students who won in the school level essay contests, (conducted both in Kannada and in English and in which 50 schools from Bangalore Urban District participated), he appreciated the participation of the public and NGOs in the fight against TB and sought their continued cooperation.

The Principal Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Smt. Usha Ganesh explained in detail the various governmental provisions and initiatives towards TB control. She regretted that the menace of TB still persisted as a large number of patients discontinued treatment in the halfway leading to the onset of multi-drug resistant TB.

Dr. Maya Nadkarni, Joint Director (TB), Directorate of Health and Family Welfare, presided over the function. Dr. Shashidhar Buggi, Hon. Secretary, Karnataka State T.B. Association welcomed the gathering. Dr. Srikant Ghargi, Deputy Director (T.B), Directorate of Health and Family Welfare proposed a vote of thanks.

Several dignitaries including, Dr. Soorya Narayana, from National Tuberculosis Institute, Dr. Subramanyam from Family Physicians’ Association, Dr. Rama Kumari, Project Coordinator (TB), Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, Dr. Beulah Prasad, St. Martha’s Hospital, Dr. Shanmugam, Indian Medical Association, Dr. Murthy from Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association, Mr. Nagaraj, President, Samrakshana Rehabilitation & Charitable Trust, Dr. K.N. Prasad, Dr. Bharati T. Kangrali, Dr. Rehana Begum, WHO consultants, Dr. Revadi, Physician, S.D.S. T.B. & RGICD, Dr. Anil Kumar Jha, Commissioner for KHSDP participated in the event and extended their valuable contribution.

Cultural Programmes by St. Martha’s Hospital, Samrakshana Rehabilitation & Charitable Trust, SURAKSHA and AWAS were organized to entertain as well as enlighten the audience on Tuberculosis and its implications. The entire staff and officers of the Joint Director’s office had taken every effort to see that the programme was a successful one.

Mr. C. Chidambaram, Manager – Southern Region, Dr. S. Franklin, Area Manager for Karnataka and the entire team of KN Indian Development Foundation enthusiastically participated in the programme. The initiatives of IDF in displaying TB awareness posters in schools and conducting essay contest for school students within a short time were well appreciated .

Dr. S. Franklin
IDF, Bangalore

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