Press Esc to close
Tuesday 22 August 2017
News updated at 3:54 AM IST

TB health workers rue lack of safety gears

Reshma Ravishanker, Bangalore, feb 18, 2014, DHNS : 1:21 IST
Doctors, activists and social workers under the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) live under the fear of being infected by various respiratory infections as they have reportedly not been provided adequate safety gears.

Tuberculosis Health Visitors, speaking to Deccan Herald, claimed that they were not provided basic protective gears such as aprons, gloves and N95 masks as a result of which they might contract Mycobacterium tuberculosis that can be fatal.

“We work day in and day out with these patients. We work with zero safety
measures,” said one of Tuberculosis Health Visitors (TBHV). He said it involves high risk as workers are continuously interacting with the patients. “We do not just educate them but also, there are times when we have to visit their homes personally and convince them to take medication,” he added.

“We fall sick often, thanks to lack of facilities,” explained Girish, one of the workers under RNTCP programme besides adding that they were not permitted to go on sick leave. “We also deal with Multi-Drug-Resistant TB cases sometimes. Are we not under high risk,” he questioned. There are over 175 TBHVs in the State.

Further, lab technicians who are in direct contact with the sputum of patient too, raised their voice against similar conditions prevailing across the State. “We are about 175 of us in the State. We are the ones who collect the sputum of the patient and also discard it. We do not have adequate aprons,” a lab technician added.

The workers also demanded that N95 masks be provided to them. Dr Satish B R, medical professional under District Tuberculosis Control Unit added that it was ideal that these masks that were priced at Rs 75 be provided to all workers and be discarded every six hours. “Not just that, even during H1N1 break-outs, we manage with normal masks,” he added.

However, Dr Shashidhar Buggi, Director, Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases said workers were provided three layered masks which could be disposed at the end of the day. Even during outbreaks of H1N1, he said same masks were used. “It is ideal that patients be given masks,” he added. “The doctors will also have to take additional measures such as washing hands often and patients asked not to spit,” Dr Buggi concluded.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Bollywood actors Jacqueline Fernandez and Aditya Roy Kapur walk the ramp during the grand finale...

Bollywood actors Jacqueline Fernandez and Aditya Roy Kapur walk the ramp during the grand finale...

Artists rest at an artisan village in Kolkata on Monday ahead of upcoming Durga Puja...

Artists rest at an artisan village in Kolkata on Monday ahead of upcoming Durga Puja...

Devotees gather to take holy dip at Har ki Paidi on the occasion of Somvati Amavasaya in...

Devotees gather to take holy dip at Har ki Paidi on the occasion of Somvati Amavasaya in...

MD and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India, Roland Folger and AMG driver Christian Hohenadel during the...

MD and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India, Roland Folger and AMG driver Christian Hohenadel during the...

Indian women's cricket team member Veda Krishnamurthy being felicitated by CII Sourthern Region...

Indian women's cricket team member Veda Krishnamurthy being felicitated by CII Sourthern Region...

A view of Salt Lake Stadium, officially known as Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan being...

A view of Salt Lake Stadium, officially known as Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan being...

The Golden Temple being decorated with flowers on the eve of the anniversary of the installation...

The Golden Temple being decorated with flowers on the eve of the anniversary of the installation...

Villagers use a makeshift bamboo bridge to cross a flooded locality at Itahar village in...

Villagers use a makeshift bamboo bridge to cross a flooded locality at Itahar village in...

web series Netflix's Sacred Games in...

web series Netflix's Sacred Games in...

A butterfly on a flower at a park in Guwahati on...

A butterfly on a flower at a park in Guwahati on...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.