Students from the NCC wing of DG Vaishnav College took off on their 16-day motorcycle expedition to raise awareness on tuberculosis throughout Tamil Nadu on Tuesday morning.
The event was flagged off by Health Minister C Vijayabhaskar in the presence of Mayor Saidai Duraisamy, Commodore K S Aiyappa VSM, Dr A Chandranathan, Director of Medical and Rural health Services, Chennai, along with P Haridas, Secretary, DG Vaishnav College.
The team led by Captain Santhosh Babu along with 22 cadets, 1 JCO and an Army vehicle with medical personnel in tow, will be covering 12 cities over a distance of 2,120 km.
The riders will reach Vellore today and will be starting their awareness programmes there. They are expected to cover Salem, Coimbatore, Palani, Madurai, Nagercoil, Tiruchy and Cuddalore in due course.
While the Mayor and the Health Minister wished them success, Commodore Aiyappa shared the message of safe riding with the participants.
The cadets, through skits, hope to create awareness that TB is curable, and will distribute pamphlets, apart from conducting a survey to gauge the level of TB awareness among the residents of the cities and towns they visit.
The information collected during the trip will be announced next month at a function to be held at the college.
The NCC wing of the college has been conducting such events year after year and this is the second time that they have taken up TB with the mission, “reach three million, A TB test and cure for all”, ahead of World TB day on March 24.