The month-long active case finding (ACF) campaign of tuberculosis (TB) among socially vulnerable groups, which started on January 12 under the joint initiative of Community Network for Empowerment (CoNE) and State TB Cell, Manipur, concluded on Tuesday at Band of Hope Alcohol and substance Abuse Treatment cum Research Centre in Imphal East.
As many as 101 clients, belonging to the socially vulnerable group, were screened for TB during the month-long campaign which was organised with an aim to help reduce diagnosis and treatment delays and prevent the spread of TB thereby contributing to the government's effort to eliminate TB by 2025.
The ACF was conducted at four different sites, two each in Imphal East and Imphal West on 12, 19, 24 and 31 January respectively.
Speaking on the valedictory function, CoNE president RK Nalinikanta expressed gratitude to Manipur State TB Cell for the support rendered in the form of manpower, mobile van and testing kits while conducting the campaign among drug users community accessing drug treatment services.
Expressing hope that the State TB cell would continue to conduct the same initiative in the coming days among the drug user's community, he assured that CoNE will provide every possible support in making such programmes successful.
Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilization Officer, State TB Cell K Deben informed that participants were provided with basic ideas on issues surrounding TB, its causes, symptoms and treatment procedures following which sputum collection of symptomatic patients were conducted and testing done.