||Role of non-medical voluntary body in active case detection
and case holding in tuberculosis control programme.
||Eastern Region Conference of IUAT, 15th, Lahore, Pakistan,
10-13 Dec, 1987, p. 403-405.
Community involvement in the TB control programme
has always been considered to be a very important factor. The Rotary
Club of Surendranagar District, Gujarat, was entrusted with the
work of organising active case detection camps in the district.
The case detection work was done by a mobile odelca unit and the
laboratory team. The results were handed over to the Rotary Club.
The Rotarian volunteers, with the help of the DTC, supervised the
regularity of collection and consumption of treatment drugs. Fifteen(15)
such camps were held for the chest symptomatics. A total of 5,648
mini X-rays were done and 5077 sputa were examined. A total of 1,395
radiologically active cases were detected. The involvement of volunteers
significantly helped in: 1) Early and increased detection of cases,
2) Reducing the financial burden of the treatment by providing the
needed drugs to all detected cases, 3) Increasing case holding by
voluntarily contacting all the patients in the area, 4) Increasing
the publics awareness about the TB problem and helping in
providing the necessary health education. This collaborative effort
resulted in 78.3% of the cases completing the treatment. It was
concluded that community involvement, as in this study, improved
the performance of the TB control programme.
|KEYWORDS: COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION; VOLUNTARY ORGANIZATION;
CASE HOLDING; INDIA.