||Rehabilitation of tuberculosis patients after treatment.
||National Conference of TB Workers, 7th, Bombay, India,
Nov. 1949, p. 235-245.
The paper, read at the 7th TB Workers Conference,
Bombay, 1949, presents the industrial workers 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 Governments
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.
|KEYWORDS: REHABILITATION; INDIA.