Dharamshala: In August 2023, the Health Department of CTA conducted active case findings for TB in TCV Suja from 1st to 9th followed by a similar screening from August 23rd to 28th at TCV Chauntra. School nurses administered a two-step process to identify TB in students. Firstly, they checked for students with symptoms and those who exhibited one or more symptoms were examined by doctors for further chest X-rays and sputum tests. Fortunately, none of the students tested positive for TB. As our goal is to “End TB,” we plan to conduct further screenings in schools, monasteries, and nunneries in the coming months. The program was funded by donor USAID and we have successfully screened 933 students.
-Report filed by Department of Health, CTA