NEW DELHI, Mar 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today felicitated the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir for successful implementation of Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan.
Secretary, Health and Medical Education Department, J&K, Bhupinder Kumar, received the bronze medal for significant achievement of more than 20 per cent reduction (compared with the baseline of 2015) in the TB incidence in J&K during the One World Tb Summit (“World TB Day 2023”) held at Rudraksh International Cooperation & Convention Centre, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
On the occasion, Pulwama and Anantang districts of J&K were also honoured with District Level award for achieving TB free district status for more than 80 per cent reduction in the incidence of TB from the baseline of 2015. These awards were received from the Prime Minister by the respective Deputy Commissioners.
Further, District Srinagar was awarded with gold medal for achieving more than 60 per cent reduction in TB incidence while Jammu and Kathua districts were awarded with bronze medal for achieving more than 20 per cent reduction in TB incidence.
Pertinently, the Government of India has set the target to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) related to TB elimination by the year 2025 ahead of the global target of 2030 and has launched National Strategic Plan 2017-25 under the ambit of National Health Mission to end TB by 2025.
Earlier, Budgam achieved the distinction of being the first district in the country to be declared TB free. During the previous year, three districts namely Kupwara, Anantnag and Pulwama received gold medals for more than 60 percent reduction in TB incidence whereas Baramulla and Udhampur districts bagged bronze medals for achieving more than 20 per cent reduction.
Jammu and Kashmir was one of the only two States/UTs which were felicitated during the event. Also, Pulwama and Anantnag were two of districts of the total of three districts in the country to achieve TB Free status this year.
Under the dynamic leadership of Bhupinder Kumar, the team of Health & Medical Education Department comprising Ayushi Sudan, Mission Director, National Health Mission, Directors of Health Services, Jammu and Kashmir, has taken proactive measures in proper implementation of National Tuberculosis Programme. The host of measures for reducing TB incidences included door to door awareness campaign “Har Ghar Dastak”, robust screening for TB incidence and Active Case Finding (ACF) and Contact Tracing.
Moreover, Ni-kshayMitra initiative has mobilized community support for filling up gaps and contributing towards Tuberculosis elimination through improved nutritional support and better treatment outcomes. More than, 4300 Ni-KshayMitras in Jammu & Kashmir are providing nutritional support to the TB patients.
The event was also attended by Mansukh L. Mandaviya, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Anandiben Patel, Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and Health Ministers of various States and UTs, senior officials from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, States, UTs and representatives from various countries and inter-Governmental organizations.