A fifty year old woman named Punitha (name changed) had been happily living with her husband, sons and daughter-in-laws in a small village in Gadchiroli district. She led a normal life doing her routine work until one day she fell ill with fever and cough. Assuming that her condition is due to some religious beliefs, she sought the help of priests from local temples which showed no signs of change.
Luckily, one day a DFIT health worker visited her during the field visit, where he presumed Punitha’s condition as TB and referred her to Assisi Sevasadan Hospital for diagnosis and treatment. She was diagnosed TB and treatment was initiated immediately and also supported nutritional supplement. With the continuous counselling and motivation helped her to recover faster and regain weight. She was dumb-founded to express her happiness. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment saved her life.