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TB hospital where patient ended life has no counsellor

A hospital official said doctors doubled as counsellors.

Mumbai |
March 26, 2014 1:33:08 am

Sewri TB hospital, where a 38-year-old female tuberculosis (TB) patient committed suicide by jumping off the lift duct on World Tuberculosis Day on Monday, has no sanctioned posts for counsellor to advise patients who are administered drugs that are known to have side-effects such as nausea, vomiting, deafness and depression. Dr Lalitkumar Anande, deputy medical officer at the hospital, said the hospital received the services of just one counsellor sent by Medicines Sans Frontieres who attends to four-five patients a day.

A hospital official said doctors doubled as counsellors. However, Pinky Chauhan (15), who has been receiving treatment for multi-drug resistant TB (MDR TB) for the last three months, said, “The doctor just comes in the morning and checks my condition. No one has ever come to counsel me. I don’t even know how long it will take to cure this disease as nobody has time to stop by and talk.”

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