TB-Films & Articles:
Below is a link connecting you to the location within the site where you will find useful and very informative aticles and films on TB. They are in simple language and will help us to understand the reasons for the fast spreading of TB.
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We forget that TB is the biggest killer. We seem to think that it affects only the poor, the people living in unhygenic conditions, not so healthy people, etc. But this is no longer true. It would be surprising to note that may be 80% of us carry the Tb Bacilli !!. It is in Latent form. Ready to strike us when we are defenceless, either partly or fully. This can happen if we were to fall sick and in the process have our immunity reduced. The Latent Tb erupts and becomes a disease. If it were normal TB( not drug resistant type) then one can be cured after medication for around 9 months. But if it is the MDR type then the chances of making it through is very very difficult. The authorities may say to the contrary. But I have first hand experience. Even the TB which responds to first line treatment can turn drug resistant while treatment is on through mutation. It is a dangerous situation.
What do we do? The task is enormous indeed. All of us should get educated about the reasons for the spread of TB and why and how does the TB turn Multi Drug Resistant and Extremely Drug Resistant TB. The major reason for the spread of MDR TB is because people with TB do not complete the full course. They feel they are fine and stop the medication. The bacilli left in their system ( may be 1 to 3% of the original ) mutates and turns into Drug Resistant Variety. When such a person coughs he transmits MDR TB bacilli to the persons around!!!
Important to remember : We can catch the disease in a school classroom, in a coaching class, from our drivers and others whom we come in close contact with. My Son got the dangerous form of TB-the Drug Resistant directly and that too in the brain ( meningitis ). The bacilli were never found in his blood. There was also no delay in diagnosis. Even though he took all the medicines daily without fail and also the injections without fail he couldn't make it. MDR TB medicines are deadly but even then he never ever missed a single dose. We can say confidently that MDR TB is worse than even Cancer.
The total amount spent on the treatment was around one crore. Thanks to the help extended by Rotarians, some Friends, Relatives, Apeejay Schools Teachers, Dhirubai Ambani Foundation, Shroff Trust, etc, we were able to provide the best possible treatment to our son. But all this was not successful against the deadly bacilli which finally had it's day. How many can afford such expensive treatment ? How many can withstand such nerve racking and nauseating treatment? Few can. The best solution is to prevent the spread of the dreaded disease.
I am trying to pen down every part of his treatment and what we went through during our son's sickness. Once it is ready we will upload it. By understanding the simple films and passing on the information to your servants, drivers, watchmen, etc you will be doing yoemen servive to the community.
REMEMBER - IF THEY ARE SAFE THEN WE ARE SAFE.