Reviews progress of patient centered TB care intervention
BY KS NEWS DESK
SRINAGAR, JUNE 15: To assess the progress made in implementing ‘Differentiated TB Care’ intervention, William John Clinton Foundation (WJCF) an NGO today reviewed the functioning of its patient centered tuberculosis care intervention program being run in the Srinagar district. The meeting provided a platform for stakeholders to share updates, exchange feedback, and suggest improvements. Focusing on early detection of TB cases to reduce mortality: WJCF
The meeting was attended by the State Tuberculosis Officer (STO) Dr. Adfar Yasein, HoD SPM, GMC Srinagar, Dr. Saleem Khan, Dr. Rouf, And Dr. Inam, DTO Srinagar, Dr. Tehjeena Jameel, besides Zonal Medical officers of Batmaloo and SR Gunj and Risk Assessment Facilitators of Srinagar district and Waseem ul Hassan, District Lead WJCF were present on the occasion.
While reviewing the progress, Dr. Adfar said that this session is more focused on the training component where assessors are being equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills, and tools to effectively conduct baseline assessments of TB patients.
‘We are mulling to train District TB officers and other field functionaries to start differentiated TB care in their respective districts. We are also focusing on incorporating Extra Pulmonary TB (EPTB) components in the program,’ he said.
Divulging details on the project, DTO Sringar, Dr. Tehjeena Jameel said that the project is primarily focusing on reducing the mortality rate at the initial stage of TB patients. Also the project has set a parameter for patients to examine their risk score and establish linkages to appropriate facilities for care.
‘After a proper assessment the patient is then referred to their nearest health center for tertiary care, ‘ she said.
To reduce the risk of complications, patients with other underlying diseases like malnutrition, anemia, respiratory diseases, and any other immunodeficiency disorders require special attention and comprehensive care—they are being provided with special nutritional kits specially designed for TB patients.
‘Continuous monitoring and evaluation is being done to ensure ongoing success and identify areas that require further attention so that no patients remain left out,’ she added.
While informing about the project, She said that this pilot project is being run in Srinagar only—out of 135 patients eligible for baseline survey, the NGO has done survey for 128 patients which is 93 percent, she said
On the occasion, the best working facilitators were honored for their outstanding work.