Health Rally on World TB Day
World TB Day Theme: “Stop TB in my life time”.
The World TB Day was observed on 24 March 2012 by Andhra Pradesh State TB Control Unit, and Ministry of Public Health, AP together with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) like LEPRA Society Health in Action, TB Alert, World Vision and the Catholic Health Association of India (CHAI) by organizing a Health Rally. It was a grand function.
Around 600 participants comprising students from St Theresa’s College of Nursing, Vijay Marie College of Nursing, Loyola College, members from various others Nursing Colleges of twin cities and staff members of CHAI had assembled at Chadan Degree College, Khairatabad.
At 11 am. they started marching towards the Ramlila Ground, the venue of the rally.
Mr Praveen Prakash, Commissioner of Family Welfare, Government of Andhra Pradesh, launched the march. Besides the participants in the march a huge crowd had already gathered there. The meeting started at 11.30 am.
Ms Aruna Kumari, Director of Health, Mr Rudra Rajupadmaraju, Government Whip, were the Chief Guests at the Rally. The public meeting was addressed by representatives of the Government, NGOs as well as political parties.
The main purpose of the Rally was to create awareness on tuberculosis and free DOTs Therapy as well as to send across the message “Early detection of TB leads to sure cure”.
Mr M S Prabahakar Rao, Member of the Legislative Council, spoke high of the work done by CHAI and other NGOs. Rev Dr Tomi Thomas, Director-General, CHAI and Dr Goutham, State TB Project Co-ordinator were honoured at the meeting. A few TB patients attending the rally were felicitated with mementos.
Various publications of CHAI and Health Action magazines were displayed at the stall arranged at the venue.