Mushalpur/Guwahati: Anita (name has been changed) suffers from memory after being diagnosed with tuberculosis. Her husband did not accompany her during this time. So we had to face a difficult situation. But don’t hide tuberculosis, get treatment, she said. After the treatment, she is now completely cured. Anita has mentioned that her 19-year-old daughter patiently supported her during this time. Anita, 41, explained that women face greater challenges than men. She explained that she now lives a normal life. Men are more at risk of tuberculosis than women, said Avijit Basu, head of tuberculosis prevention at the Assam Department of Health. He said the risk of falling in the 15-60 age group is high.
Assam aims to reduce the number of tuberculosis patients to less than 44 per one lakh population by 2025. This requires a large number of tests. Last year, 187 patients were found in the state. Prasanjit Das, state director of the Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (KHPT), which works in the field, said the disease was seen as a stigma and it was a big challenge for citizens to show up for tests even when they had symptoms. “So we’re trying to reach out to citizens and communicate,” he said. KHPT trains mainly women as well as workers from Asha Sevika Anganwadi. Emphasizes public awareness. People working in this field have mentioned that public awareness is important in the fight against tuberculosis.