||Vasudeva Rao K
||Rehabilitation of tuberculosis ex-patients.
||Tuberculosis Workers Conference, 7th, Bombay,
India, 23-25 Nov 1949, p. 196-204.
The problem of rehabilitation of TB patients is
not confined to medicine alone. The co-operation of other fields,
psychology, sociology and economics must combine with medicine to
obtain tangible, positive results. Sir Pendrill Varrier-Joness
idea to bring work to the patient has had a salutary effect and
is now recognised as the main method of rehabilitation. The most
vulnerable period during which relapses occur are the first two
years after the TB patients discharge. Hence, all patients
discharged from institutions should be looked after for a further
period of 2-3 years while making the patients feel they are being
trained in some occupation. Colonisation or establishment of settlements
for ex-patients serves this purpose. The advantages of colonisation
are presented. The two main factors to be considered in rehabilitation
after discharge are: 1) General principles with regard to the patient
(which focus on the need to address the psychological fear and needs
of the patient) and, 2) General principles with regard to the industries
(which highlight the need for industry to be built around a worker)
and taking various steps to protect the well-being, both physical
and emotional, of the ex-patients. Making the services of ex-patients
available for outside jobs and using machinery to the fullest extent
in industries would resolve some criticisms leveled at settlements.
|KEYWORDS: REHABILITATION; SOCIAL WELFARE;
SOCIAL COST; INDIA.