||Benjamin PV & Bordia NL
||Textbook of Tuberculosis, TB Association of India,
New Delhi, 1981, p. 597-598.
There is still some need for rehabilitation of
certain groups such as the chronically ill and the drug-failure
patients. TB continues to afflict the various low-income groups.
As the joint family system is fast disintegrating in India and longevity
is increasing, people are to rely on their own resources, especially,
when other family members are reluctant to bear the burden of the
incapacitated person. None of the sheltered workshops or the colony
established near Tambaram in the second Five- Year Development Plan
have succeeded because the light industries or handicrafts started
at each center were few and people could not find jobs after the
training. The problem of rehabilitation is likely to arise among
the unemployed and poor, urban population than among the rich or
in the rural population. The practical solution to this problem
is to get ex-patients trained in small, industrial/ vocational establishments
near their homes to avoid difficulties such as daily travelling
for long distances. Suggestions have been made to add certain trades
to those that are offered for rehabilitation purposes. It is also
recommended that social workers, with the doctors, should review
the possibility of rehabilitation for every patient soon after the
start of treatment to prepare the patient to adjust psychologically
to the changed condition and for training.
|KEYWORDS: REHABILITATION; INDIA.