Kuppan with Field Officer, Shanthi
An 8’15 inches room is what makes the home of Mr. Kuppan. This room is inclusive of their kitchen, living room and bed room. The one room space is multi-purpose. At 56, Kuppan does not work anymore and makes ends meet on what his daughters give him.
Diagnosed with TB six months back for the second time, Kuppan is nearing cure. A year back he was affected by the disease and was on treatment.
He had a relapse and was diagnosed with Pulmonary TB again. Being a diabetic, and not caring enough to keep his sugar levels under control, coupled with smoking, his reduced immunity welcomed Tuberculosis into his life again.
His wife was concerned about his health and the fear that she may contract the disease this time was intense. This had its impact on their relationship and Kuppan was depressed.
Shanthi’s the field officer from REACH, who started Kuppan on treatment, again stepped in to sort things between Kuppan and his wife because this was affecting his regularity with his treatment.
She counseled his wife during regular home visits and made her understand that she need not fear contracting TB from her husband as he was on treatment. Shanthi constantly counseled Kuppan on the importance of keeping watch over his sugar levels and reducing his alcohol intake. Kuppan weighed 57 kilograms when he was diagnosed, during the fifth month of treatment he went up by one kilogram to 58. Now, on the sixth month he weighs 60 kilograms.
Today Kuppan is on his last blister and will complete his treatment this week.
A happy Kuppan and his wife thank Shanthi for her sincere and persistent efforts to bring Kuppan on the road to recovery.
“I will advice people with symptoms to get tested. I would also become a DOTS provider and help people get cured” Kuppan.
A monitoring visit at Kuppan's home