REACH’s pharmacy initiative aims to involve and motivate pharmacists to participate in TB control activities. With appropriate education and training in TB, there is immense scope for pharmacies to contribute to the fight against TB.

Mr. Thygiarajan, the proprietor of Guna Pharmacy is one such chemist who believes in bringing all pharmacies under one umbrella to fight TB.

“Many people aren’t aware of tuberculosis. It is necessary to create awareness among the public and sensitize the chemists as well” Says Mr. Thygiarajan.

Despite his busy schedule, his initial interactions with our staff has been fruitful. He referred a patient to our PPM centre a few months back.

“Had Mr. Thygiarajan not asked about my symptoms and referred me to REACH’s PPM centre, I would have not been alive now. My million thanks to him”. Says Kumar*, a patient who is recovering from TB.

He is also a DOT provider for Kumar and says “My friends were not encouraging when I told them that I wanted to be a DOT provider. But, I wanted Kumar to recover and become healthy”.

For Mr. Thygiarajan, it is about service and says being a DOT provider gives him immense satisfaction.

*name changed to protect identity.

 

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REACH staff checking the DOTS box with Mr. Thygiarajan

 

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