Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-03-21 12:01 Udupi: About 18 designated microscopic centres have been set up in Udupi district to enable public have an early diagnosis for tuberculosis, said Suresh, Public Private Mix Co-ordinator of District Tuberculosis Prevention and Control Department, Udupi.He was speaking at a programme organised as part of World Tuberculosis Day 2016. He stressed on four important symptoms of tuberculosis like cough for more than two weeks, weight loss, blood in the sputum and rise of temperature during evenings and urged public not to neglect these symptoms, if the diagnosis turns positive.He also said that the district was 85 per cent successful in preventing and controlling TB and was third in the state in the prevention and control of the disease.K S Jai Vittal, Estate Officer, Manipal University, Manipal informed the gathering that Rotary Club had donated a machine to the Udupi District Hospital at Ajjarkad, to help in the early detection of the disease. He urged the general public to avail of the facility which was free of cost. Students of second year Post Basic BSc Nursing students of MCON Manipal presented a play. Janet Pramila D’souza, Assistant Professor Manipal College of Nursing Manipal gave a talk on the importance of DOTS therapy. Prabhath Kalkura, Manager World Diabetes Foundation Project was present.The programme was organised by the faculty of Community Health Nursing and Medical Surgical Nursing of Manipal College of Nursing (MCON) Manipal, Manipal University Manipal.