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�One-third of world population infected by TB�

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SIVASAGAR, March 29 - The Sivasagar District Health Department observed World TB Day along with the rest of the world at Amguri Tea Estate under the Revised National Tuberculosis Programme.

Akhil Tiwari, DGM of Amguri Tea Estate, lit the ceremonial lamp to inaugurate the programme.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Udayaditya Rajkonwar, DTBO, said despite intensive sensitisation programme, the dreaded disease continues to haunt the world and 1/3rd of the total population are infected by TB. He said 1.6 million people died last year due to the disease.

Due to lack of awareness, the affected patients often discontinue the drugs provided under the DoT scheme. The patients are also provided financial aid for nutritional support, he added.

Dr Arun Mahanta, CMNHO, Sivasagar, spoke on the urgent need of keeping oneself and the surroundings clean.

Dr Rajiv Baruah, Superintendent of Sivasagar Civil Hospital, sought cooperation of all to fight the disease.

Manoj Kumar Borthakur, member of District TB Eradication Committee, said everyone can do his or her bit to fight TB.

A procession was also brought out on the occasion in the garden by the tea garden community. It was addressed by Dr Raj Sarmah, Dr Ashraf Ali, Bimal Barua, Biswajit Hazarika and Deba Dutta Mukherjee.

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�One-third of world population infected by TB�

SIVASAGAR, March 29 - The Sivasagar District Health Department observed World TB Day along with the rest of the world at Amguri Tea Estate under the Revised National Tuberculosis Programme.

Akhil Tiwari, DGM of Amguri Tea Estate, lit the ceremonial lamp to inaugurate the programme.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Udayaditya Rajkonwar, DTBO, said despite intensive sensitisation programme, the dreaded disease continues to haunt the world and 1/3rd of the total population are infected by TB. He said 1.6 million people died last year due to the disease.

Due to lack of awareness, the affected patients often discontinue the drugs provided under the DoT scheme. The patients are also provided financial aid for nutritional support, he added.

Dr Arun Mahanta, CMNHO, Sivasagar, spoke on the urgent need of keeping oneself and the surroundings clean.

Dr Rajiv Baruah, Superintendent of Sivasagar Civil Hospital, sought cooperation of all to fight the disease.

Manoj Kumar Borthakur, member of District TB Eradication Committee, said everyone can do his or her bit to fight TB.

A procession was also brought out on the occasion in the garden by the tea garden community. It was addressed by Dr Raj Sarmah, Dr Ashraf Ali, Bimal Barua, Biswajit Hazarika and Deba Dutta Mukherjee.