World TB Day

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By DALIA MUKHERJEE
  • Published 5.04.13
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A rally and interaction with tuberculosis patients, who have been cured of the illness, were organised on World Tuberculosis Day at Jagatballavpur Rural Hospital. Held jointly by an NGO called Care and the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) of the hospital, it helped raise awareness among local people about the spread of the disease.

“We have noticed a rise in the number of tuberculosis patients in Jagatballavpur. The disease is prevalent among labourers and the minority community, many of whom are migrating to Jagatballavpur from other places for work. We had invited many people, who were once infected but are now cured. We spoke to them about how they took medicines and how they are now leading normal lives,” said Avishek Mallik, the co-ordinator of Care.

The programme was conducted not only to inform people about preventive measures but also to increase awareness that tuberculosis can be cured by medicines. “We also dealt with issues like administering medicines on patients suffering from multi-drug resistance,” said Mallik.

Homeopathy seminar

Homeopathic medicines are working wonders in reducing arsenic toxicity in people living in affected areas. Dr Anisur Rahman Khuda-Bukhsh, professor of zoology at Kalyani University and a homeopathy researcher, has proved this in his research conducted on the people in a village in Nadia, where noticeable changes were seen after administering a homeopathic drug.

Dr Khuda-Bukhsh shared his experiences and research knowledge with other doctors at a seminar at Doctors’ Corner in Bally in February. Over 200 homeopathy practitioners from Howrah, Hooghly and other districts, as well as students from different homeopathy medical colleges, attended the seminar.

Khuda-Bukhsh has done extensive research on the effect of homeopathic drugs on arsenic toxicity, thallasaemia and cancer. According to him, homeopathic treatment in thallasaemia patients can increase levels of foetal haemoglobin, thus reducing the demand for frequent blood transfusions. “Dr Khuda-Bukhsh provided scientific explanations to the mechanism of homeopathic drugs,” said Dr Rabin Ghosh, a practising doctor and member of Doctors’ Corner who attended the seminar.