TN health officials to carry out door-to-door TB screening

Concerned that the screening under National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme (NTEP) was affected due to the coroanvirus pandemic, the State Health Department officials are now focusing on finding active cases through door-to-door screening campaign.
Pointing to the decrease in the rate of TB case notification in many districts, Health officials said it indicated the need to increase case identification activities.
 Thus, as part of the national programme, healthcare workers are conducting on-field survey to enhance geographic coverage.
Despite stepping up efforts of symptomatic examinations of residents to recognise TB cases, the pandemic turned out to be a setback, said Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan.
To counter this, the case finding activities under the National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme have to be intensified. Considering the challenges and disruptions, the officials are focusing on intensive case finding activity, said the official.
As part of this, health workers would conduct TB screening programme for the presumptive patients at their doorstep.