Speaking About My TB Journey Helps People Deal With The Stigma: Amitabh Bachchan

US Ambassador to India Richard Verma with Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan.

New Delhi: Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, a tuberculosis survivor, interacted with people about the disease and the stigma attached to it through a Facebook Live chat on Sunday evening.

“I thought that speaking about my own TB journey helps people personalise the issue and deal with the stigma attached to it’, said Mr Bachchan, who was joined by US Ambassador to India Richard Verma.

In the event, which was streamed live from Mumbai, the duo spoke about the alienation that women face in rural India when detected with tuberculosis and emphasized on the importance of early detection.

Mr Verma said, “It is important to go to a doctor for an examination so the disease can be diagnosed on time and does not develop into drug resistant type of TB’.

Stressing on how the youth need to take the initiative forward, Mr Bachchan said, “Request the youth to spread awareness that tuberculosis, if detected on time, is curable and the stigma around it needs to end.”

Mr Bachchan further said, “If one can detect TB in time then it can be cured. Quick diagnosis is vital just like it was in my case.”

Mr Bachchan was detected with TB of the spine in the year 2000 and underwent a rigorous treatment for a year.