To help lift the spirits of tuberculosis patients who are usually admitted for a long duration of time, the TB hospital at Sewri has opened a library for its patients. This will help the patients engage in activities which can help reduce the pain of their disease. The books will be provided in English, Marathi and Hindi for them.
Excluding NGO’s and Institutions, a few people have also come ahead to donate books, one among them is Ex-corporator and professor, Avkash Jadhav. Speaking to My Medical Mantra, he said, “When tuberculosis patients are affected by depression, medication can make them feel better, but it cannot heal the scars of their minds. The hospital has taken a positive step to start a library, this will help increase their thinking capacity and instil confidence in them.”
He added, “I have donated 500 books to the hospital myself and have also encouraged my friends to donate books. The women and children were so thrilled to see the books today. Reading as an activity can help TB patients to forget their sufferings and take them on a new journey, through the world of words.”
Jadhav further stated, “On Monday, I am going to send a letter to BMC Commissioner and Mumbai Mayor asking them to start reading spaces at civic-run hospitals. Apart from the patients and their relatives, even doctors and nursing staff can read these books when time permits them.”
The library has been placed in the female and child ward of the hospital.
Dr Lalitkumar Anande, Chief Medical Officer at the Sewri’s Tuberculosis Hospital said, “Many a times, TB patients who are sent for treatment over here are abandoned by their relatives, such patients slip into depression. To help engage and divert their minds, books can prove to be a useful tool.”