Not just in hospitals, Mumbai doctor has been battling TB on
“I was walking down the hospital when I heard a girl shouting, ‘Aai, mala jagaicha aahe (I want to live mother, I want to live).’ She sat on the bed, wailing at the top of her voice, repeating the same words, time and again. Her neighbouring beds complained, ‘She didn’t let us sleep a wink last night’. The mother sat helplessly. I picked the x-ray next to her bed and wondered why she was so paranoid, only to be corrected that it was four months old. The latest one was under the bed. I pulled it out hesitantly only to know her lungs were collapsing. The TB mycobacteria had eaten into it, like a termite attacking wood. The damage was done. So I sat next to her, caressed her hair and whispered assuring words and left,” Dr. Lalit Anade recalls.

Three days later, he visited the ward again. The cot he first heard wails from lay empty. “She had died. A girl lived with TB and died. And we couldn’t do anything,” he says, overcome with emotion.

Whether it was this patient or the 10-year-old who died coughing, tucked into the lap of her father on his birthday, these memories have haunted Dr. Anande for the longest time.

Born and raised in Mumbai’s harbour line suburb Wadala, Dr. Lalit Anande tends to more than 150 patients a day in the government-run Sewri TB hospital. He has taken the fight against TB outside too. Whether it is on a bus stand, amidst unmovable traffic, at religious gatherings, in local trains, slums, schools, colleges or hideouts for couples across the city, the man says that he is his own speaker and mic, spreading awareness about TB prevention and coughing etiquettes to all around him.

He completed MBBS from the renowned Nair Hospital in 1989 and joined the services at the TB Hospital in the early 90s. At the time, the hospital had two senior doctors, and none of the residents was a surgeon. But there was a crippling need for a surgeon for thoracic surgeries who would be around 24×7.

He describes how school and college kids are increasingly contracting TB and a leading number of patients in his hospital are in the average age group has 25-35.

For the last five years, the man has been conducting awareness sessions everywhere he goes.

Most of his patients are migrants who come from underprivileged backgrounds. They live in slums in makeshift homes with no bathrooms and only a bulb for electricity. They cannot afford expensive immunity building powders or shakes. And so, he gives them pocket-friendly hacks.

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I dont like this scene.i m a TB specialist and been working in this field since 1980.TB is curable.Ithink u all not providing the specic services properly.i wish i was there in MumbI with you to streamline the available services to the TB patients free of cost at their doorstep along with full supervision and councilling.You may contact me if u need me.Dr Prakash S Pandit Mob 982912297.
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Thanks @Dr. Prakash Pandit but sir the has only 9 digits please correct it and make us know the corrected one
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