GUWAHATI, Oct 4 - With a vision of making Assam tuberculosis (TB)-free by the year 2025, the Joint Effort for Elimination of Tuberculosis (JEET) programme has been launched in the State, under which the private sector will be engaged to intensify TB case notification and ensure quality care.
At a function held here recently, JVN Subramanyam, Mission Director, National Health Mission (NHM), Assam, requested the private sector to come forward to notify TB cases and join hands with the Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) to get benefits from government schemes like Nikshay Poshan Yojana (monthly Rs 500 for nutritional support to TB patients till completion of treatment).
He hoped that the JEET programme will boost the activities of TB control from private doctors and envision the TB elimination goal by 2025.
Dr R Bhuyan, Director of Health Services, Assam, in his speech emphasised the involvement of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), and all other leading organisations of private providers, including pharmacists, to strengthen the collaborative efforts for TB elimination.
Dr NJ Das, Additional Director (SP) cum State Programme Officer, RNTCP, stressed the importance of bringing TB notification from the private sector.
He hoped that JEET officials will support all the DTOs (District TB Officers) to intensify activities of private sector engagement. Dr Bharati Kalottee, National Lead for JEET, informed that JEET will be implemented in the districts of Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Nagaon, Golaghat, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Goalpara and Kamrup Metro.