On March 24, 1882, Dr Robert Koch discovered TB bacillus (the cause of tuberculosis). To mark the crucial discovery World TB Day is celebrated every year on March 24. The day is celebrated to raise the common public awareness of the disease, prevention of TB and to mobilize the political and social authorities for further progress towards the disease prevention. The World Health Organisation (WHO), like every year, has kept unique theme for the day, the theme being: Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world. You can make a history. End TB. Today, on World TB Day, Nation Next tells you about all the disease, its prevalence in India and the symptoms.
Prevalence of TB in India
Tuberculosis is one of the most common and infectious diseases in India. In 2016, TB was responsible for 1.7 million deaths worldwide, despite most of the cases being curable. Over 10 million people contract TB every year. The South-East Asia region, which hosts about one-fourth of the global population, shares a disproportionate 46% global TB disease burden. India accounts for one fourth of the global TB burden. In 2015, an estimated 28 lakh cases of TB were reported in India and 4.8 lakh people died due to TB.
Symptoms and spread of TB
The most common symptoms of TB include mild fever, chills, night sweats, loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue and blood in sputum. TB can infect any part of the body but most commonly in the lungs. It gets transmitted from the infected person to another weak person through the droplets formed in the throat or lungs.When a person with active pulmonary TB coughs, sneezes, speaks or spits, they expel infectious aerosol droplets. A single sneeze can release up to 40000 droplets. People with prolonged frequent and close contact with patient suffering from TB are at a particularly high risk of contracting the disease. A person with active but untreated TB may infect 10-15 or more people per year.
Types of TB
Multi-Drug Resistant TB (MDR-TB) is a complicated type of TB caused by TB bacteria, which are resistant to the two most effective first line anti-TB drugs – Isoniazid and Rifampicin. It is a serious public health issue, as its treatment is longer and more expensive. Extensive Drug Resistance TB (XDR-TB) is a complicated form of MDR-TB. Total Drug Resistant TB (TDR-TB) is caused by pathogen with resistance to all currently used drugs. A new drug Bedaquilinehas been introduced for the treatment of MDR-TB. However, it is very expensive.
India’s fight against TB
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and WHO hosted the Delhi End TB Summit, which was inaugurated March 13, 2018, by PM Narendra Modi and addressed by the WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. PM Modi reaffirmed his government’s commitment to end TB in India by 2025 and stressed the need for all partners (public and private) and the civil society to come together to end TB in India. Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who is a survivor of TB, is now the ambassador of the TB-Free India? campaign.
Research on TB in Nagpur
KRIMS Hospitals, Nagpur, has elaborate research data of TB patients. A total of 570 patients were treated at the hospital for TB between 2012 and 2014. 41 of these patients were suffering from MDR TB and three patients were suffering from XDR-TB. As compared to similar time period from April 2016 onwards, a total of 308 patients were treated for TB. Out of these, 36 patients were suffering from MDR-TB while one patient was suffering from XDR-TB. This data reflects that the prevalence of TB is still on the rise and needs immediate attention from political and social authorities. Speaking about the research and treatment at KRIMS hospital, consultant pulmonologist Dr Sameer Arbat, who has done his fellowship in interventional pulmonology at Ancona, Italy, says, Private sector hospitals are the first point of access for most TB patients. Most patients are hesitant to get the treatment because of the long duration of treatment and multiple medicines. At KRIMS, we provide free medication to all TB patients through the UATBC (Universal Access to TB Care) program and regularly conducting health awareness programs for combating the menace of TB.
Ananya is aware of the fact that showbiz is a very tricky business: Chunky Panday
Vijay Deverakonda and Ananya Panday starrer ‘Liger’ turned out to be a failure at the box office. It was Vijay’s debut in Bollywood and Ananya’s first bilingual film too. But the film didn’t shape up the way it was expected and even Ananya’s father-actor Chunky Panday agrees to it.
Talking about Liger’s failure, Chunky expressed, “Any actor gives his or her 100 percent to a film. And after you finish it, you go out of your way to promote the film. And these days promotional activities are a trend where you even go into masses urging fans to watch it. But sometimes things go wrong and we are depressed about it. And it’s okay, that’s an obvious reaction for any actor to feel devastated. Success or failure can happen with any film, an artist has to live with it and just move on. I’m sure my daughter (Ananya) is aware of the fact that showbiz is a very tricky business.”
Having said that, Chunky feels that one should not ‘overconfident’ or ‘underestimate’ anything in the film industry. “On a film set, almost around 400 people work. And as an actor, we don’t get to see each and every thing as a whole. We are aware of only portions of what’s happening but we don’t know what’s going to be the end result. So, it’s better to take things as they come,” Chunky stated.
Even today, I call up people I want to work with: Sharman Joshi
Sharman Joshi came to fame with romantic-comedy ‘Style’ (2001), his first hit. But, he was already a known face by then with few films to his credit. However, the actor was still trying to set his foot in the industry and had his share of struggle too. In a recent interview, the actor remembered his struggling days.
The ‘3 Idiots’ actor used to call the director for work in those days. “There was a director, who used to have telephone numbers of many directors from Bollywood. I took the list from him and would call them on their landline as those were ‘no mobile’ phone days. One thing that helped me big time was my background in theatre,” shared Sharman.
But Sharman also confessed that some directors’ would also be considerate. “When I would call the directors and they would talk very respectfully, some even called for a meeting. See, people from showbiz business understand what it takes to be here. So whether you work together or not, that doesn’t really matter. In fact, even today, I just pick up the call and dial to people I want to work with,” said Sharman who made his debut in Bollywood with Godmother in 1999.
Mannat se guzar raha tha, toh ek mannat maang li: Ayushmann Khurrana
Like many, even actor Ayushmann Khurrana is a Shah Rukh Khan fan. And when the actor happened to be in Bandra on Sunday, he stopped by in front of King Khan’s house Mannat. In fact, he made a wish in front of the gate looking at Mannat through the sunroof of his car.
The actor shared a picture on his social media page from SRK’s house and captioned, “Mannat se guzar raha tha. Toh ek mannat maang li #AnActionHero #2ndDecember #SRKian” He added the song ‘Baazigar O Baazigar’ from Shah Rukh’s film ‘Baazigar’ along with the picture.
Ayushmann, who’s busy promoting his film, ‘An Action Hero’, received lots of comments from SRK as well as his fans.