TB Awareness Campaigns
This campaign to spread the message of the menace of TB is spearheaded jointly with D Y Patil Hospital, Nerul.The doctors from D Y Patil Hospital make presentations on TB and answer all the querries. The campaign is conducted in schools and colleges and other institutions. The participants take a Pledge to spread the message of the menace of TB in the society. We have printed very informative booklets on TB in layman's language in English , Hindi and Marathi. All the participants are handed over a copy of the booklet. The booklet copies can be downloaded from the links given below or from the images.
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TB is a giant killer. Lakhs of people die every year in India due to TB. India also has the largest number of TB patients. Also India has the maximum number of the more dangerous form of TB, MDR TB, in the world. Unless we take serious and immediate actions TB will be a Time Bomb. Shreeram Radhakrishnan was a victim of MDR TB Meningitis. Even though his TB was detected in time but being MDR TB Meningitis ( TB in the brain )his valiant fight for eighteen months, taking more than five to six drugs, two to three times, everyday and taking injections daily did not yield fruits. The disease consumed him finally and he breathed his last at a tender age of nineteen.
TB is a contagious disease and the treatment duration can vary from a minimum of six months to over two years. The medicines are very strong and have a number of side effects. Hence it is best if we can avoid getting TB. What one has to remember that is that we are safe only if others are safe and others are safe if I am safe. Safe from TB. That is, if others have TB there is chance we can catch it. In the same way if we have TB we can transmit it to others.
Hence what needs to be done is – a sustained campaign to create awareness in the society about the menace of TB and thereby reduce and control the incidence of TB. It is with this in mind that we set as one of the objectives of the Trust set up in memory of Shreeram ( SHREERAM RADHAKRISHNAN MEMORIAL TRUST) - to start a campaign to create awareness of the menace of TB in the society.
For creating this awareness in the society our Trust has teamed up with D Y Patil Hospital management with whom we will be the joint partners in this project. Doctors from the Hospital will make presentations in schools and colleges and other institutions ( like senior citizens body) to make people aware of the menace of TB. Rotary Club of New Bombay Seaside will help us in coordinating with the different institutions for this project.
18th February 2015 ( SIES College,Nerul): The campaign of ours for creating awareness was launched on the 18th of February at SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Nerul. Presentation on TB made by the doctors from D Y Patil Hospital ( Dr. Jaylakshmi, Dr. Aparna and other doctors) was excellent and was very well received by the students and teachers who had assembled.
The Chief Guest, Dr. Vasant Mane , Medical Officer at NMMC, released the Booklet on TB that we have brought out. Dr. Vasant Mane spoke passionately about the efforts that NNMC was doing and how public awareness about TB was the need of the hour lauded our efforts and the doctors from D Y patil for sparing so much time for this noble cause.
Under the able guidance of war veteran Brigadier Dharam Prakash the participants wholeheartedly took the following pledge:
I _____________________________________ , student / staff /non-teaching staff of ________________________ hereby pledge to work to spread awareness of TB menace and different measures to control the same in the society on long term basis.
.The Principal, Dr. Rita Basu, spoke passionately about our Trust and D Y Patil Hospital going out of our way in wanting to educate the members of the society , especially school and college students and teachers, about the menace of TB.
We, from the Trust, wish to express our sincere thanks to the Principal of SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Nerul, for extending their full cooperation by encouraging us in this public interest campaign. We will fail in our duty if we do not mention Mr. S. Venkat Raman, Director – Purchase SIES, who coordinated within SIES initially and ensured that we could start our campaign from SIES College. We also wish to thank Prof. Priyanka who coordinated the entire activity at the college end and also all the other staff members who actively participated in the seminar and pledged to spread the awareness campaign.
The Project would not have taken of but for Dr. Dr. Shyam More from D Y Patil Hospital who was, and is instrumental in providing us the confidence to go ahead with the project and assuring us of full management support in this endeavour. D Y Patil Hospital are our joint partners in this noble project. Words will not suffice for the efforts of the doctors in going out of the way in wanting to educate the general public.
The seminar at SIES is just one of the many that we have planned to spread awareness in the society about the menace of TB. The next seminar is planned with the senior citizens of Nerul. After the school and college exams are over we will start with conducting our awareness campaign there.
A very informative booklet on TB in layman’s language was released and is put up at this site. Copies of the booklet are given to all the participants. Anyone desirous of a copy may contact us.
We are also having the booklet translated into Hindi and Marathi and soon they will also be available which will help in tackling some of the weaker sections of the society.( These have since been prepared).
PROJECT : TB Awareness Campaign ; For Senior Citizens ; Date : 16/03/2015 ; Location : D Y Patil Hospital Auditorium.
Date : 23/09/16 ; Location : Mahanagar Palika Sanchalit Secondary School, Shirvane, Nerul.
Dr. Kannish of Pulmonary dept. , D Y Patil University, made the presentation on TB in layman’s language and answered all the queries of the participants. Dr. Raj assisted Dr. Kannish. Eighty senior students participated.
All the participants, led by Lalitha, took the pledge to spread the message of the menace of TB in the society. Booklets on TB in Marathi ( in layman’s language-available in the b page and website) and chocolates were distributed to all the students. The doctors were felicitated with mementoes by Inner Wheel President.
PROJECT : TB Awareness Campaign at Nerul (East) Post Office . Date : 19/10/16 ; Attendees : 30 including Postmaster.
As a part of our campaign to reach out to the society and make people aware of the menace of TB, an awareness programme was held today (19/10/16) for the people working at the post office. Thirty personnel could attend.
Dr. Viral Nanda of Pulmonary dept., D Y Patil University, made the presentation on TB in layman’s language and answered all the queries of the participants. Dr. Azad assisted Dr. Viral Nanda.
Date : 19/12/2016 ; Location : Mahanagar Palika Sanchalit Secondary School, Shirvane, Nerul.
we conducted two sessions on TB Awareness for the students --- one for the 9th std. and the second one for the students of 10th std.
A total of 92 students participated. The presentation was made wonderfully well by Dr. Pranali Patil of the Pulmonary dept., D Y Patil University, and supported by Dr. Sarang Patil. The sessions were excellent----the doctor's presentation and the answers given by the students to the questions posed by doctors after the presentation. The children were rewarded by chocolate for correct answers. The Once again the children took the pledge to act as Ambassadors and spread the message of the menace of TB in the society first led by Brigadier Dharamprakash in the first session and in the second session led by Lalitha.
Newly designed Mementoes were presented to the doctors.
PROJECT : TB Awareness Campaign; Location: Nerul Gymkhana Amphitheatre, Date : 21st January 2017 ; Attendees : 250 plus ( Parents and students )( including doctors from D Y Patil Hospital and Dr. Vasant Mane, CTB, NMMC( Chief Tuberculosis Officer)
As a part of our continuous campaign to reach out to the society and make people aware of the menace of TB, an awareness programme was held and it was open to public. It was heartening to note that more than 250 parents and students attended the programme.
After the normal introduction, the presentation was made by Dr. Girija Nair, the HOD and Professor of the Pulmonary dept. of D Y Patil School of Medicine. She explained lucidly about TB and the menace it can cause in simple language to the mixed audience. The Q & A session that followed evinced good participation from the audience.
The Presentation by Dr. Prof. Girija Nair was followed by that of Dr. Vasant Mane, The C.T.O. of NMMC ( Chief Tuberculosis Officer), who had made it a point to attend the programme. He enlightened the audience about the support that NMMC was providing to the people of the city in the fight against TB – free medicines, DOTS, Follow-up, etc., and the efforts by NMMC to curb the menace of TB.
All the participants were then led by Brigadier Dharamprakash to take the Pledge to act as ambassadors and spread the message of the menace of TB in the society. Booklets on TB in English, Hindi and Marathi ( in layman’s language - also available in the fb page and website) were distributed to all the participants with the request to pass on the vernacular ones to their servants, drivers, etc.
Dr. Girija Nair was presented a memento by the Trustees acknowledging her contribution in our fight against TB.
The occasion was used to express our heartfelt gratitude through a Plaque with a Citation to the Management, the Doctors and the Staff of D Y Patil Group for their continuous support, guidance and wholehearted participation in the TB Awareness Project being carried out by our Trust. The Plaque was handed over to the doctors of D Y Patil Group – Dr. Shyam More, Dr. Girija Nair and Dr. Viral.
For the great work being carried out by NMMC in the field of TB under the leadership of Dr. Vasant Mane and for the support provided by Dr. Vasant Mane, a Plaque with a Citation mentioning the appreciation of our Trust was handed over to Dr. Vasant Mane.
The campaign was preceded by songs and dances by children lasting for about an hour. After the Awareness Campaign we had a wonderful motivational and inspiring speech from Prof. E V Swaminathan. Swaminathan’s speech was a performance – seriousness mixed with laughter!