AU : Kanji Dwarkadas
TI : Rehabilitation of tuberculosis patients after treatment.
SO : National Conference of TB Workers, 7th, Bombay, India, Nov. 1949, p. 235-245.
AB :

The paper, read at the 7th TB Workers’ Conference, Bombay, 1949, presents the industrial worker’s view of and suffering due to the inadequate TB treatment and after-care facilities. The medical examination of workers in a cotton textile mill and a socio-economic survey of 1,300 women workers in a group of textile mills showed that the lower the earnings, the less was the weight of the workers and there was more sickness in the lower-paid workers of the unskilled groups compared to the better paid semi-skilled and skilled groups. When industrial workers were diagnosed with TB, typically, they were dismissed from work. If employers were willing to help diagnosed patients, then, the growing, inadequate hospital facilities were a major problem. The author cited his own published finding that the ghastly living conditions of 20,000 people (men, women and children) in the Matunga Labour Camp and in the one-room tenements underscored inadequate housing as the most important problem for industrial workers. This problem prevented the workers from being more efficient and productive, from maintaining good physical and mental health and from improving their standard of living. It also contributed to the spread of TB and other infectious diseases. While a positive step was taken by the Government by enacting the Employees State Insurance Act in 1946, three years later, it was yet to be enforced, invoking criticism for the Government’s apparent inaction. Seven suggested remedies for relief in the industrial areas and a discussion by various experts on the type of rehabilitation facilities to be provided, how and when to be made available to TB recoverers, are also included.