Ganeshotsav: Doctor – pharmacist duo to spread awareness about TB

The Ganesh festival is right around the corner and the Ganesh mandals are giving finishing touches to their pandals. As cases of tuberculosis are increasing in Mumbai, a doctor and a pharmacist have decided to spread awareness on tuberculosis (TB) at Ganesh pandals

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Many people visit Ganesh pandals during the Ganeshotsav and a doctor and pharmacist have decided to make the best use of this by providing information about TB to the people who have come for a Ganesh darshan.

At the venue, the doctor and pharmacist will be allotted one hour to speak about tuberculosis. They will provide information regarding how TB spreads from one person to another, what are the early signs and symptoms of tuberculosis, what measures the government has taken to curb tuberculosis.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Rajendra Nanaware, a pulmonologist and ex-medical superintendent Sewri TB Hospital, who currently runs Payasdan Charity Trust, said, “The numbers of TB affected patients are rising in the city. We will provide all the information regarding TB to the devotees who come in for Ganapati darshan.”

Dr Nanaware added, “We visited Ganesh mandals in Kurla and Ghatkopar and sought their permission to use their venue as a means to spread awareness on tuberculosis. We have chosen these areas as the incidence of TB is very high, and a large number of cases are reported from here. We will also inform people about how they can avail benefits of the Rs 500 nutrition scheme which has been put in place by the government.”

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Rohit Borade, a pharmacist said, “According to the Praja Foundation, Kurla has witnessed the highest number of TB cases in the city. We had approached Dr Rajendra Nanaware with this idea and he agreed to help us spread awareness on TB at the pandals. So far we have spoken with Ganesh mandals inSunderbaug, Kamali and Kajupada in Kurla and with another mandal at Bhatwadi, Ghatkopar. They have agreed to us using their venue to inform people about TB and have allotted us one hour to speak at the pandals.”