Pothashang News Service: Imphal, March 24, 2018: Health and family welfare minister L. Jayantakumar Singh today announced 5 welfare schemes for TB patients in the state on the occasion of the 37th World TB Day which was organised at the IMA Hall Lamphelpat, Imphal.
Speaking as chief guest at the occasion the minister said besides its incentives of nutritional support for TB patients of Rs 500 per month till completion of treatment from April, Rs.1000/- will also be given to all the first informers of new TB cases.
A new drug to be used in MDR-TB will be available at free of cost for all the eligible MRD-TB patients. Previously the duration of MDR-TB treatment was for 24 to 27 months. But the duration will be shorten to 9-12 months with this new regiment, he added.
Jayantakumar also launched one mobile CBNAAT van for Manipur state which will especially be used in outreached and hilly areas where facilities are not available.
He appealed the public to cooperate with the government to its new initiatives to bring a TB free society.
A rally was also organised to mark the occasion.