Over the decades the Tuberculosis pandemic has claimed many lives due to the lack of knowledge surrounding the disease and its preventative measures. Hence Parul Sevashram hospital joined hands together with the whole world on the globally celebrated TB day to raise awareness about this disease that is preventable and curable. Due to the severity of the disease, the World Health Organisation created this day to shed light on communities in an effort to save lives. The Department of Respiratory Medicine at Parul Sevashram Hospital organized a series of enriching activities for students and staff members. This year's theme was " Invest to End TB, Save Lives" which conveys the urgent need to invest resources to ramp up the fight against TB and achieve the commitments to end TB made by global leaders. To a great extent, this also compliments the hospital's vision to enhance the quality of life and well-being.
Patient Sensitization and public awareness were done by Strengthening FAST TRACK services for patients having tuberculosis so that early diagnosis can be done and better care can be given to patients suffering from TB. The future medical physicians were presented with a competitive platform to express their creative elements through the art of poster making. The budding MBBS students displayed their posters and they addressed the current issues being faced by communities and the stigma that surrounds TB. Additionally to the activities, expert lectures were given by the faculties regarding the role of Nursing Care on the disease. In addition, one of the hospital's Dieticians conducted a session where he shared advice for TB patients.
“Many people with TB don’t even know they have it. Latent tuberculosis can lie dormant for years without a single symptom. This is why it’s important to spread awareness about how to get tested and treated. With any disease, prevention is the best cure. Disease prevention always starts with us. Testing for tuberculosis is simple and all advanced facilities are available at Parul Sevashram Hospital. The Hospital is a government recognized center for NTEP” shared Dr. Geetika Patel, Medical Director, Parul Sevashram Hospital