“Har Ghar Dastak”, a state-level initiative for intensified active case finding (ACF) was initiated on the instructions of the higher authorities to screen the whole population. The primary objective was to find missing cases and move towards TB elimination targets in all districts of Kashmir Division, with the help of ground staff available at Tuberculosis Unit (TU) level.
The Har Ghar Dastak initiative was started on December 6, 2021, and continued until the end of April 2022, covering all districts of Kashmir division and a target population of rural, urban, tribal, and hardto-reach areas. Through this initiative, a total of 109554 presumptive person were identified, out of which 17 persons with confirmed TB were detected.
Initially, 56513 presumptive persons were identified, of which 7 with TB were detected in December 2021. There was an increasing trend of identification and detection, and by the end of April 2022, 109554 presumptive persons had been identified, and 17 persons had been detected with TB.
All basic facilities should be made available across all health facilities for scaling up of initiatives like this to achieve targets.
For TB elimination in Kashmir Division and to achieve our vision of a TB-Free Kashmir ahead of 2025, these initiatives play a vital role and can be replicated in any part of the country which can scale up the process of finding more TB cases and provide better services at the nearest health facility.
Source : TBC India
Last Modified : 4/24/2023
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