TB Free Certification verification process starts in Punjab
Dr Sarit Sharma, Professor of Community Medicine at DMCH Ludhiana who is the state coordinator for this project
Ludhiana: Government of India has adopted the target of ending Tuberculosis in India by 2025. To achieve that goal, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has developed a sub-national TB free certification process.
Under this project,72 Districts in India have applied for certification for achieving different level of reduction of TB in their area. Three districts in Punjab, namely Nawanshahr, Kapurthala and Fatehgarh Sahib have been selected in 2021 for this verification process.
Dr Sarit Sharma, Professor of Community Medicine at DMCH Ludhiana who is the state coordinator for this project, told that the Hands on training process of "TB free certification verification survey" for Field Survey team has been completed in these three districts by5th February 2021 and the survey will start from 8th February. The team involved in the project in Punjab include Dr Sarit Sharma- STF-NTEP chairperson, Dr JS Kular- State TB Officer, Dr Anurag Chaudhary & Dr Mahesh Satija- both from DMCH, Dr Jasleen Kaur from GMC Amritsar, Dr. Pooja Kapoor, Dr Anuj and Dr Swati - WHO consultants and DTOs of the districts.
The certification and awards to all the winning districts will be provided on World TB Day which falls on 24th March at a national level function.