Women of this village suffering from tuberculosis have no ray of hope
By Amit Dwivedi
April 5, 2010
Author is a development journalist and public health advocate. Recently he
visited the village to cover this story. He can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
In my first news of this village, I had highlighted the situation of
tuberculosis (TB) in Ganga Jamuni village, situated around 110 KMs from the
state capital of Uttar Pradesh. However, in this article I would like to
share one more healthcare-threatening aspect that how women of this village
are being trapped in TB and have no ray of hope on their face.
Many male patients have died due to TB after a long battle against this
disease in their productive age in this village, and they were the main
bread-winner in their family. Now their other family members especially
their wives are suffering from this infectious and fatal disease.
The youngest TB patient in this village is 3 year old girl child, who is
suffering from bone TB. Patients who are suffering from TB at present are:
Ram Naresh and his wife, Ram Newas and his wife, Mangre (who suffered from
TB for more than 10 years and now suffering from respiratory disease and
other illness) and his wife, Nankau, Ram Gopal’s wife, Lallan’s wife, Satya
Prakash’s wife (who died recently from TB).
“I have spent almost half of my life from TB I have no worry for me.
However, I am worry for my children, grand children and my wife, if they
will get trapped then who will save them. Only god will help us. I have no
faith in doctors and government health centres i.e. DOTS centre, Primary
Health Centre and district tuberculosis control office", says Mangre. He
further says that patient who goes to DOTS centre they charged Rs. 20/- to
give medicine however, government provides these medicine free of cost to
all TB patients.
Most of the patients who are suffering from TB are belong to Schedule Caste
and are under Below the Poverty Line. Poverty, illiteracy, contaminated
water, malnutrition, unhygienic environment, population density, inadequate
shelter, stagnant water in their homes, improper drainage facility are
making the situation more worst for these patients. And due to this they are
also suffering from other opportunistic infection.
Primary and District health care centres are not giving any attention for
these women patients who are suffering from TB. Last year one sputum
collection camp was organized by district tuberculosis office. However,
since then no further follow -up process has been made. These women manage
household work and also worked in fields to manage their family income.
"I feel helpless and, I have no ray of hope with any one, earlier I was
earning Rs. 40 to 50 per day however, since I get infected from TB, I am
very weak and can’t work. My husband is also not earning enough to manage
the expense of entire family. We are fighting for two square meals a day, in
this situation how can I even think to go to Primary Health Care Centre to
have medicines regularly which is around 10 KMs away from my home and cost
Rs.10/- one side fare", says Lallan’ wife (who is just 28 years old).
Tuberculosis for many years has been the leading infectious cause of death
in women not only in India but also worldwide. The disease poses a major
threat to women's health security. It is estimated that almost one-third of
the world's population is infected with TB, and in developing countries it
affects most women in their reproductive years. A WHO report says that ‘The
fear and stigma associated with tuberculosis have a greater impact on women
than on men, often leaving them in a more precarious social and
Tuberculosis in women creates orphans, impoverished families and reduces the
economic development of society. So lets save life of these women patients and give them healthy and
Posted on: April 05, 2010 08:50 AM IST