Mr. Thirugnanam, District Education Officer, Sankagiri, Salem was the Chief Guest for the TB awareness cum food and dress materials distribution function jointly organised by Indian Development Foundation and LRRC TB unit of St. Joseph's Hospital, Chettipati, at the Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Karupur (Tamil Nadu) on the 23rd of June, 2011.
Speaking on the occasion, he said the students should adapt to a healthy life style to prevent widely prevalent Tuberculosis. Unhealthy eating habits, lack of physical exercise and inadequate sleep were the contributory factors leading to poor resistance and succumbing to diseases like TB, he added.
Dr. K. Arunagiri, Joint Director of Health Services (i/c), Salem, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, appreciated Indian Development Foundation for reaching out to the student community with scientific information on Tuberculosis. He emphasised on the importance of regular and complete treatment towards preventing the spread of the Disease.
Dr. S. Franklin, Manager of IDF said that the students have great potential in disseminating scientific information on Tuberculosis and said that IDF will be reaching out to 10 million students for TB awareness during academic year 2011-12.
Dr. Anbu Selvam, Medical Officer of Karupur Primary Health Centre (PHC), said that Karupur PHC had so far (from 2003) treated 497 TB patients successfully and there was no doubt on the effectiveness of DOTs. Mr. Rajamanickam, Govt. Health Educator (Rtd.) spoke on the scientific information on Tuberculosis.
Fr. Johannes Gopu, Director of St. Joseph's Hospital, Chettipatti, Salem, presided over the function Food and dress materials for poor TB patients were distributed. Students who topped in the TB awareness contests were presented with prizes.
Mr. S. Sreeram, Asst. Manager, TN, IDF, Mr. Raju and Mr. Shankar Narayanan from LRRC TB unit, Mr. P. Perumal, HM of Govt. HSS, Karupur also spoke on the occasion. Mr. M. Rangasami, Senior Development Executive of IDF had made all the arrangement for the function.