After eradicating polio, Amitabh Bachchan fights against TB

This Sunday saw Amitabh Bachchan joining hands with the government of Maharashtra and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation in an effort to eradicate tuberculosis from the nation. Bachchan was declared the brand ambassador of the anti-tuberculosis campaign called ‘TB haarega, desh jeetega’.

The aim of the campaign is to create awareness about the deadly disease. This would be achieved with the help of multimedia content that would educate the people about the prevention of the disease, its diagnosis and also provide information regarding the treatment. The other personalities present on the occasion were Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and Maharashtra State Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The inauguration function was held at JW Marriot in Juhu.

Amitabh Bachchan revealed his own history of TB at this function, “I had TB in 2000, but now completely cured. I used to wake up feeling weak. Subsequent to tests, I was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Today I am standing in front of you completely cured of the disease. I continued working with the ailment. Nowadays there are good medicines. There is nothing more that you need to do apart from taking medicines on time. We have doctors and expertise now. Earlier TB patients used to be sent to sanatoriums but now we have good care.” The actor had suffered TB prior to the launch of ‘Kaun Banega Crore Pati’.

Big B was made the brand ambassador of Polio Campaign when the polio cases reached the peak of 1,556 in 2002 alone.  His involvement did wonders to eradicate the disease- there was a rapid rise in the number of women who brought their kids for vaccination. When asked why they were coming, the ladies replied, “Amitabh ji has become angry. We came because we don’t want to anger him further!” Big B was elated when the disease was finally eradicated; he tweeted, “Polio eradicated from India. An 8 year campaign with the UNICEF ambassadorship! Feel such accomplishment and joy!”

Dr Padmaja Keskar, the executive health officer, talked about the plan for making the new campaign another big success, “Even in the polio programme, we saw the impact that Mr. Bachchan's message had on people. With his personal experience, he will have more connect with people in spreading awareness. After this launch, we will start the awareness campaign at the ward level to cover more people. We have shot a short film in which Bachchan gives some messages for TB awareness. The film will then be circulated through social media.”