On the eve of World TB Day a rally was held at Coimbatore District, the District Collector Mrs. Archana Patnaick I.A.S., flagged off the rally from Collector’s office, the Deputy Collector also participated in the rally. The rally reached the Deputy Director of Health Services Office, Race Course, Coimbatore. College Students from Lesieux B.Ed., College, Nehru Institute of Technology, Kongunadu Nurshing College, Ramakrishna Arts and Science College, PSG Arts and Science College, schools students from G.K.D. Mat. Hr. Sec. School, Air Force School, Amirtha Mat. Hr. Sec. School, participated in the rally.
Later a World TB Day Celebrtion was held at the New, Seminar Auditorium, Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital. The programme started with the Tamil Thaai Vazthu, the Chief Guest Dr. A. Edwin Joe, MD. BL., Dean, Coimbatore Medical College & Hospital, lighted the lamp. Dr. S. Keerthivasan MD., HOD of Thoracic Medicine, Coimbatore Medical College & Hospital welcomed the gathering.
Dr. Mohammed Ali MBBS, Resource Person, in HIV @ TB, Member of Anti TB Association, Coimbatore, Dr. M. Sakthivel, MBBS, DTCD, Deputy Director of Medical Service (TB) & DTO were also present. Prizes were distributed for the students who participated in the essay competition held in various schools; nearly 535 students participated in the competition, Selvi. S. Shubhakarini and Selvi. S. Sanjana Srilakshmi of G.K.D. Mat. Hr. Sec. School, Coimbatore, won the Ist and IInd Prize, Selvan. C. Navneet of Air Force School, Coimbatore won the IInd prize. Certificates were also given to the candidates who participated in the rally and seminar. Dr. Arun Chandran gave power point scientific information about TB for the students.
Mr. Mano Ranjit Lad of Indian Development Foundation compared the programme and proposed the vote of thanks. IDF Admin. Officer from Chennai and Mr. Fredrick from Coimbatore were also present.