LG Vows To Crush Drug ‘Epidemic’ In J&K


‘Thousands Of Families Scarred By Drug Addiction’

Jammu: Expressing concern over the drug menace in Jammu and Kashmir, the Union Territory Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said on Friday that his administration is determined to purge the drug epidemic that has scarred thousands of families.

The LG made these remarks while chairing a meeting at the Civil Secretariat here to review the status of National TB elimination program in J&K, an official spokesperson said.

In the meeting, he said, the LG observed that while there is a National Strategic Plan to assist States/UTs, the districts also need to focus on far-flung areas to completely eliminate TB before the 2025 deadline.

He further said that the LG stated that Detect–Treat–Prevent–Build is a proven successful strategy and directed the Deputy Commissioners for convergence of various health-related public outreach campaigns to address TB and drug menace.

“There are thousands of families scarred by drug addiction, and the government is determined to purge the drug epidemic,” Sinha said.

According to the official spokesperson, the LG directed the officials to organize Information, Education and Communication (IEC) activities on the symptoms of tuberculosis, and motivate people to get a confirmatory test for TB for early detection and timely treatment to reduce the TB mortality rate.

Sinha, he said, asked the concerned officers of UT administration to involve Youth Clubs, diligent NGOs, and private labs for effective and timely notification of TB cases.

“The Lt Governor further directed that the financial assistance allocation for TB patients should reach their bank accounts through DBT. The officials were also instructed to ensure adequate nutrition for all TB patients through Nikshay Poshan Yojna (NPY),” he added,

The official spokesperson said that the health department has been directed for holding a review meeting on TB elimination strategy and status of cases every month.

He said that Vivek Bhardwaj, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Medical Education Department gave a detailed briefing on the district-wise TB case notification, treatment success rate, TB elimination strategies and ways to improve elimination.

“He informed us that Budgam has already achieved the status of TB free district, while Udhampur has received Bronze Medal under Sub-National Certification Claim in 2020, awarded on World TB Day this year,” he added.

 

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