||The need to have a health education component for the
National Tuberculosis Programme.
||NTI NL 1977, 14, 6-19.
This paper describes the need for a Health Education
Component in the NTP. The potential achievement of the programme
activities viz., prevention, case finding and treatment has been
established by studies conducted by the NTI. 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 TB education in the general population. Thus, there
is scope for employing a variety of material, methods and media
of health education in the NTP.
|KEYWORDS: HEALTH EDUCATION; INDIA.