Tuberculosis - a curable disease ( Hindi)
Dr. Bobby Bhalotra, in an interesting interview on World Tuberculosis Day, informs about the symptoms and causes for Tuberculosis (TB), which is a completely curable disease.
The discussion starts with a play showcasing the need for awareness about the disease among the community. Stressing on the fact that there is much hope for a patient of tuberculosis today, he advises consistent treatment through the DOTS programme for the entire period prescribed by the nearest (local) registered medical facility.
Tuberculosis (TB) of the lungs is contagious. Like the common cold, it spreads through the air. When infected people cough, sneeze, talk or spit, they propel TB germs, known as bacilli, into the air.
A person needs only to inhale a small number of these to be infected. People infected with TB bacilli will not necessarily become sick with the disease. The immune system "walls off" the TB bacilli which, protected by a thick waxy coat, can lie dormant for years. When someone's immune system is weakened, the chances of becoming sick are greater.