The said programme was attended by Chief Minister, Speaker & Deputy Speaker, Ministers and MLAs of the state.
The program was also attended by Political Secretary to CM, Secretary to CM, DG cum Secretary – Health Department, Deputy State TB Officer; Assistant Programme Officer and officials from Health Department and IPR.
At the outset, Dr Ashok Rai, Additional Director cum State TB Officer (STO) welcomed all the Guests.
Dr Rai in his presentation briefed about the importance of TB Elimination and the NTEP programme. He also talked about the vision of TB Free Sikkim and the importance of it.
In his presentation, he highlighted the present scenario of Tuberculosis both at the National & State levels and the burden of TB disease in Sikkim.
He talked about the incentives for the TB patients under Treatment under the NTEP programme such as Nikshay Poshan Yojna, Patient Support System, Travel Support System, etc,
He also talked about the different initiatives started by the department to achieve the vision of TB Free Sikkim and other ongoing activities in the state like Active Case finding, TB preventive Treatment, IEC programs, formation of the TB Forum at the community & district level and involvement of NGOs.
On the day, Annual TB Bulletin 2021 was also launched officially from the hand of the Chief Minister.
Chief Minister congratulated the effort of the department and assured all the possible support to TB Elimination Program.
The program was concluded with a vote of thanks presented by State TB Officer.