Governor, Chief Minister and others took responsibility of 21 TB patients

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Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Gurmeet Singh and Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami launched the Prime Minister’s TB Free India Campaign in the state from Raj Bhavan, Dehradun, Uttarakhand. On this occasion, Governor and Chief Minister along with other dignitaries adopted 21 TB patients as Nikshay Mitras to help TB patients and distributed monthly nutrition kits to them. Mr Singh adopted 13 patients.

As the chief guest in the program, Governor Shri Singh said that a pledge will have to be taken to help TB patients by participating in this campaign of public participation for eradication of TB. He called upon the common people of the state as well as public representatives, NGOs, social institutions etc. to become Nikshay Mitra to help the TB patients. He said that TB cases are a challenge in our country. In view of this, the TB-free India campaign was launched by the President on 9 September. Under this, a target has been set to make India TB free by 2025.

The Governor said that with the commitment of the State Government, a target has been taken to make the State TB free by 2024, which is commendable. For this everyone needs cooperation. He said that accepting this challenge, we have to be a friend of every TB patient and cooperate in its treatment, nutrition so that our state can become TB free. He said that in order to fulfill the goals of a healthy India, prosperous India, along with making the state TB free, a resolution has to be taken to eliminate it from the root.

Addressing the program, Shri Pushkar Singh Dhami said that we aim to make the state TB free by 2024. He said that under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the state government is determined to include the state among the leading states of the country by 2025 with the cooperation of all, for which all departments are working with policy formulation and road map. He said that whether it is the matter of doubling the income of the farmers or implementing the new education policy, effective initiatives are being taken in this direction at the state level.

The Chief Minister said that 80 per cent of the TB patients in the state have given consent for adoption. Now it is the responsibility of all of us to join the campaign to make them disease free, for this the cooperation of social organizations will also be taken. He said that earlier TB disease was considered dangerous, but today with the availability of investigation and research process, the means to overcome this disease have become available. Wishing a long life for Prime Minister Shri Modi, he said that under his able leadership, India will work to show the way to the world by becoming a Vishwa Guru and Uttarakhand will work with dedication in realizing the concept of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat.

On this occasion Health Minister Dr. Dhan Singh Rawat, Cabinet Minister Ganesh Joshi, MP Mala Rajlakshmi Shah, Mayor Dehradun Sunil Uniyal ‘Gama’, MLA Rajpur Khajan Das, MLA Cantt Dehradun Savita Kapoor, MLA Doiwala Brij Bhushan Gairola, Health Secretary in-charge Dr. R. Rajesh Kumar, Director General Health Dr. Shailja Bhatt, Director Dr. Saroj Naithani, State Tuberculosis Prevention Officer Dr. Pankaj Singh along with various public representatives and officials of Health Department were present.

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