Sikkim hospital launches tuberculosis awareness drive

Senior consultants interact with students at the event

An interactive health awareness programme on "Tuberculosis" was organised by Central Referral Hospital (CRH) under Sikkim Manipal University (SMU) for the students of Greendale Senior Secondary School, Tadong, East Sikkim recently.
Dr Prakash Koirala, HOD & Consultant Pulmonologist, Department of Respiratory Medicine, CRH delivered the awareness talk on Tuberculosis: types, sign and symptoms, causes, treatment etc.
The Principal Greendale Senior Secondary School, Ms Tabita Pradhan expressed her gratitude towards CRH for the programme and has requested more such interactive sessions on different health topics in the near future.
Tuberculosis, starvation, fatigue, and there are many who have no desire to live.
In Sikkim every year more than 1500 TB cases are registered with an annual incidence rate of 205 per lakh per year. It is also responsible for causing almost 38 deaths with annually death rate of around 6 per lakh population per year.
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Despite having a small population of only 6.49 lakhs(projected population forwarded by Central TB Division, New Delhi and same is being used for ascertaining various programme indicators for the assessment of programme performance), the trend of drug-resistant TB is comparatively higher as compared to the national average.
Every year almost 37 per lakh population are being diagnosed with a drug-resistant form of TB as compared to the national rate of 11 per lakh population.

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