|THE NEED TO HAVE A HEALTH EDUCATION COMPONENT FOR
THE NATIONAL TUBERCULOSIS PROGRAMME
|Radha Narayan: NTI Newsletter 1977, 14, 16-19.
This paper describes the need for Health Education
Component in the National Tuberculosis Programme (NTP). The potential
achievement of the programme activities viz., prevention, Case-finding
and treatment has been established by studies conducted by the National
Tuberculosis Institute. Corrective measures to achieve the potential
would no doubt have to tackle all the three constituents of the
programme viz., objectives, activities and resources. However, incorporation
of a health education component in the crucial activities
of the programme would help, where under achievement is due to the
lack of knowledge and proper attitude both on the part of the patient
and the health worker. In order to evolve an effective methodology,
the goals of the health education component should be synchronised
with those of the programme. While the health education aspects
in the Case-finding and treatment activities can be incorporated
at health institutions and on an individual or group basis, education
for the preventive activities has to be on a mass or community basis.
While the nucleus of the community education should be on
BCG vaccination, the mass media could be utilised for the
overall tuberculosis education in the general population. Thus,
there is scope for employing a variety of material, methods and
media of health education in the NTP.
|KEY WORDS: HEALTH EDUCATION, CONTROL PROGRAMME.