Meghalaya awarded for TB control programme

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Meghalaya awarded for TB control programme

The Meghalaya government, which has adopted a 'people's movement' against tuberculosis, has recently been awarded for best practices in controlling the disease that affects 2.6 million people in India every year.

Important facts

  • Representatives of the health department were presented with awards for best practice in tuberculosis control, communication and social mobilisation at a national workshop aimed at ending TB infection in the national capital.

  • The state registered 4,189 TB cases in 2021 while in the first quarter of 2022, around 1,075 patients have been enrolled for treatment. 

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi had set a national target to eliminate the disease, which affects more than 26 lakh Indians each year, by 2025, five years ahead of the WHO's Sustainable Development Goals.

  • A National Strategic Plan for TB Elimination (2017-25) has also been launched which ensures greater community engagement.

About Meghalaya

  • Capital: Shillong

  • Chief Minister: Conrad Kongkal Sangma

  • Governor: B. D. Mishra

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