Nearly all of the 9.25 lakh TB patients were “adopted” for nutritional assistance

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According to the government’s Ni-kshay portal, of the 9.25 lakh TB patients in the nation who had consented to be “adopted” for nutritional support by the community, promises for 9.24 lakh patients had already been received within a week.

One lakh patients will be supported by the business association Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI).

Patients participating in the programme will also receive further diagnostic support, monthly food baskets, and family vocational training. “Public involvement will ensure the efforts’ success! I’m pleased to report that “Nikshay Mitras” have demonstrated a desire to assist 9.24 lakh TB sufferers. 9.25 lakh TB patients had agreed to receive assistance through the “Nikshay 2.0” portal as part of the Pradhan Mantri TB Free India Campaign, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted on Thursday.

2,818 “Ni-kshay Mitras,” or people, organisations, businesses, and NGOs who will adopt these patients, have already been approved by their various TB officers to sponsor 2.77 lakh patients, of the donors who have sent their promises. The voluntary donors are put in touch with TB officers in the region where they want to assist the patient after making a pledge.

The concerned TB officer then looks through the list of patients who have given their approval and gives the donor their information under the condition that they do not divulge it.

1,730, or 61.4%, of the Ni-kshay mitras that have already been confirmed are people. There are also 325 NGOs, 162 organisations, 86 businesses, 84 political parties, 56 elected officials, 18 cooperatives, and 357 other organisations. According to the data, 82.6% of them have promised to help patients for a year, 14.9% for six months, 1.5% for three years, and 1% for two years.

The National Institute of Nutrition at the ICMR and the Health Ministry have worked together to establish two choices for monthly food baskets that donors can offer. Adult vegetarian food baskets must have 3 kg of cereals or millets, 1.5 kg of pulses, 250 g of vegetable oil, and 1 kg of milk powder, 6 litres of milk, or 1 kg of groundnuts.

There will be an additional 30 eggs in the non-vegetarian option.

The basket must include 2 kg of cereals or millets, 1 kg of pulses, 150 g of vegetable oil, 750 g of milk powder, 3.5 litres of milk, or 0.7 kg of groundnuts for children.