||Rehabilitation of the tuberculous: Editorial.
||INDIAN J TB 1963, 10, 131-133.
The need for the rehabilitation of the tuberculous
has been recognised for many decades, especially, by those engaged
in the treatment of TB. A good deal of work has been done in the
West in this line as manifested by the Papworth Village Settlement
and the Preston Hall Rehabilitation Center in England, the Spiro
Works in London and the Altro Workshops in New York. Though such
colonies or settlements were attempted in a few places in India,
as yet, no large scale concerted efforts have been made, probably
because of the overwhelming pressure for treatment of the seriously
sick and infectious. Due to the expansion and effectiveness of domiciliary
treatment with the use of new anti-bacterial drugs, the village
settlement type of rehabilitation is now redundant in India. The
groups that need most help are the chronically ill who are still
excreting Tubercle bacilli despite prolonged treatment and, those
who have had lung resection and need to learn a different occupation
because of reduced lung capacity. One rehabilitative measure is
to have training given for cottage industries for the handicapped
tuberculous and some of their family members. It is suggested that
the Government should provide the necessary inducement and encouragement
to non-official bodies who are better suited to provide physical
and mental rehabilitation for the above patients. Suggestions are
made for the involvement of the TAI in various ways to assist the
TB control programme.
|KEYWORDS: REHABILITATION; INDIA.