India is the highest TB burden country with World Health Organization (WHO) statistics for 2011 giving an estimated incidence figure of 2.2 million cases of TB for India out of a global incidence of 9.6 million cases.
Even though the incidence rate is so high, many people are not aware about the diseases. Dr Sanjay Gaikwad, HoD of Pulmonary Medicine department in SGH, who guided the nurses, said, “Spread of TB can be ensured by stopping its transmission. People do not know how to identify TB and how with early diagnosis it can be cured. Any prolonged cough should be diagnosed, but people are unaware about it.”
Archana Shelke, one of the nurses who was part of the street play, said, “We had arranged such activity in dindi for the first time. People were attentive and shared their experience with us after our performance. We all felt good that we could do this unique service during dindi.”