I am a Tuberculosis Survivor, Hope India will soon be free from it Amitabh Bachchan said.
Amitabh Bachchan speaks during a press briefing on the US government's commitment to stop TB, in the lead of the World TB Day in New Delhi on Monday.
For Amitabh Bachchan’s audience, 2000 was the year of his second coming when he reinvented himself with Kaun Banega Crorepati. For the Bollywood superstar, it was a time of huge pain as he was diagnosed with T.B. and was on strong pain medication.
Amitabh Bachchan is a Tuberculosis Survivor, and he articulated at this event ‘I was on 10 painkillers a day during KBC’and Hope India Will Soon Be Free From It’.
The star revealed that he was diagnosed with the disease on the day he began charging for his smash show, KBC. ‘In 2000, I was detected with TB and went through a very rigorous treatment for about a year’. I contracted TB on the day I was departing to start TV show KBC.
Amitabh Bachchan and US Ambassador to India Richard Verma during a press briefing on the US government's commitment to stop TB.
I am a tuberculosis survivor, and that is why ‘I took up’ the case of spreading awareness about the disease, Big B said ahead of World Tuberculosis Day on Monday. ‘Many people ask me why I give my services to a medical reason. I possess delivered a complicated medical history. One of the reasons I took up TB is because I am a TB survivor.
When I was suffering from TB, It was very uncomfortable. You cannot sit or lie down. Most of the time, I was on 8-10 pain killers a day just to survive the period when I was anchoring the game show,
The megastar said as he joined US Ambassador to India Richard R Verma, civil society and health workers for a reception ahead of World Tuberculosis Day on March 24.
Big B, who is the Centre’s brand ambassador for ‘Call to Action for a TB-free India’ said I am a TB survivor and I meet with my grandchildren and live a normal lifespan. it cannot get transferred. There are precautions.
TB is normally associated with people who live with lesser means but everybody is “vulnerable” to the disease. “It seems a little arrogant and immodest to say but what I really want to say is that if it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone. It’s not trying to place degree among people. It’s just trying to say that anyone can contract TB.
If it is not detected in time, it can become grave. I had the medical help and guidance to get it detected and if I am sitting here as healthy, because I was able to detect the disease in time, he said.
He said that medical science has improved over the years and there is very ‘efficient and professional’ treatment for TB. ‘I do hope that just like we worked continuously and rigorously towards polio eradication, which was something I was associated as brand ambassador for the United Nations for eight years. We finally have a polio-free India. I hope in times to come, with all our combined efforts, we can say that India is now TB free,’he said.