Sassoon Hospital doctors make short film to spread TB awareness

Namrata Devikar
Monday, 25 March 2019

Speaking about the film, Dr Sanjay Gaikwad of Pulmonary Medicine Department of SGH, who has also produced the film, said that the name of the film means ‘coughing’ which is a very common symptom of TB.

PUNE: To create more awareness among the general public about tuberculosis (TB), a team of doctors from the Pulmonary Medicine Department of Sassoon General Hospital (SGH) has made a short film titled ‘Kho-Kho’. The film will be screened at BJ Medical College on March 25 for the general public. March 24 is celebrated as Tuberculosis Day worldwide. 

The film has also been selected for various national and international film festivals. 

Speaking about the film, Dr Sanjay Gaikwad of Pulmonary Medicine Department of SGH, who has also produced the film, said that the name of the film means ‘coughing’ which is a very common symptom of TB.

“Usually many patients and their families ignore the primary symptom of TB which is severe coughing. The story in the 30-minute film focusses on the same issue. The lead role is that of a woman who is also a housewife, a mother and a daughter-in-law. She wants to go to the hospital for checking up her coughing. However, her in-laws do not take her,” said Dr Gaikwad. 

“Later, she asks her mother to go to the hospital with her where she is diagnosed with TB. The story ends when we see that the mother-in-law, as well as the son of the lead character too are coughing,” said Dr Gaikwad.

He said this is how TB spreads. “It is an infectious disease and can spread through air. If the infected person coughs without covering the mouth than the bacteria remains in the surrounded air for a long time. This can give the infection to a lot of other people,” said Dr Gaikwad.

He said common people should be made aware of this, as it is a simple way to stop the spread of a lot of diseases.

“When we cough or sneeze, our body is trying to get rid of harmful bacteria as well as viruses. In such a scenario, it is our duty to protect the environment from getting contaminated and save others. Though it is a very simple thing, many people don’t follow it and others fall sick,” said Dr Gaikwad.

Dr Gaikwad said the initiative of the film is to spread awareness. “Resident doctors from the hospital have contributed in making this film. We are happy that our initiative is gaining recognition at national and international levels,” said Dr Gaikwad.

THE SCREENING
- ‘Kho-Kho’ will be screened at MG Auditorium of BJ General Medical College on March 25 at 3 pm.
- Entry for all is free.

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