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Kanpur: On Guv's cue, CSJMU adopts 30 TB patients

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15th October, 2019 10:10 IST
Kanpur: In a unique initiative, Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj University (CSMU) has adopted 30 tuberculosis (TB) patients, mostly below the age of 18, to provide them with nutritious food and counselling. This is being done to intensify fight against tuberculosis.

This initiative has been taken up on the instructions of Governor Anandiben Patel. The Governor, during her recent visit to the CSJM university convocation ceremony, had urged students to also focus on their health apart from studies.

Taking a cue from this, university authorities decided that each senior administrative official and departmental heads will adopt a TB patient each. Each patient will then be provided with nutritious food and also counselling that they should not miss out on their treatment in midway or else the disease will spring back with more vigour.

CSJMU vice-chancellor Prof Neelima Gupta said that it is a tendency among TB patients that they do not continue with their medication and leave it in midway, which does not cause eradication of the disease. Thus, such patients would be counselled and helped to overcome TB and become healthy again.

In-charge, National Service Scheme (NSS), CSJMU, Dr Vivek Sachan said this initiative is starting from Tuesday wherein the VC would be visiting TB patients whom she has adopted.

He said that under this initiative, TB patients, most of whom are under 18 years of age, will be provided with nutritious food and told about the importance of continuing with the medication for complete eradication of the disease.

He further said that the patients would be provided with food items once in a fortnight. He also said that 30 such TB patients have been identified and their list was provided to the university by the office of the district tuberculosis officer.

Sachan said that this will be for the first time that university officials would be adopting TB patients for such a noble cause.

“Likewise, one patient has been adopted by the registrar, one patient would be taken care of by examination controller and others,” he added.

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