‘Balanced diet crucial for complete eradication of TB’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 15 Jul 2017 13:13:48

“BALANCED diet is important for complete eradication of tuberculosis,” said State Focal Person and TB Advocate Dr Rajesh Kumar Jhariya while addressing State-level tuberculosis orientation with political leaders on Friday. The tuberculosis orientation programme was organised under joint auspices of Partnership for Tuberculosis Care Control (PTCC), New Delhi and TB Advocate Madhya Pradesh. Dr Jhariya in his address said that their aim is complete eradication of tuberculosis from the country.

Over 226 organisations of various capacities are working in 27 states. There organisations succeeded in motivating State Government to provide balance and healthy diet to patients suffering from tuberculosis. West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Naidu and Kerala are among states where patients suffering from tuberculosis get additional diet rich in protein and other essential material to maintain loss in the body after consuming medicines like Rifampicine, Isoniazide, Ethambutal, Streptomycin.

It is observed during the survey that poor patients in spite of taking medicine under DOTS do not get relief as they are deprived of balanced diet, ultimately, they leave medicine course in middle and these patients are registered as default patients. After a period of time such patients die. Nutrition specialist says that patients suffering from tuberculosis should take protein, irons and vitamins rich diet.

District Tuberculosis Officer Dr Dheeraj Dhawande said if patients get balanced diet there are chances that they will not fall in default category, as labourers suffering from tuberculosis usually missed schedule dose of medicine given under DOTS. Medical Education Minister Sharad Jain, Mayor Dr Swati Godbole, MLA Sushil Tiwari, MLA Anchal Sonkar, MLA Ashok Rohani, MLA, Tarun Bhanot, MLA L B Lobo and other mediapersons were appealed for complete eradication from tuberclousis. Mohammed Ahetamas, Ajay Nigam, Pradeep Vishwas and others have extended their support to make the program success.