Mr. K.J.R. Murthy, the man behind one of the few successful models in curing TB is now inching towards his death himself. A pioneer in the efforts to eradicate the effects of Flourosis and TB as well. TB the poor man’s disease one thing that Dr Murthy has been tirelessly working. He’s been at the Mahavir Trust Hospital, Hyderabad for decades. A contributor to the PPM -DOTS project at the hospital that changed the face of the treatment of TB.
The man has been suffering from cancer in the brain and has already passed the critical stages. Its heartening to see a man of great knowledge and effort inch towards death.
My association with him dates back to early 2001 when I was working for a voluntary agencies thats active in fighting the Poor mans’ disease TB. As a novice i had to go to Mr Murthy for direction and project guidence. He used to guide me at the Mahavir Trust Hospital, where he worked tirelessly. Out of the two working models that were successful in India one was the Mahavir Trust Hospital PPM-DOTS the other was a chennai model that was privately funded and run by Advocacy for Control of Tuberculosis. So comming back to where i left, Dr Murthy guided and trained us for over a week on the intricacies and minute details in handling TB.
Even now being on the death bed the man is running pillar to post to cure the TB poor of the deamonic disease that doesnt kill that easily rather would give a hell of a pain, causing a loss of income to the family as a whole.
And I just feel the words of MUNNABHAI in his latest film saying, “Iam not a doctor but you are all, you could have saved his life” (Saala apun tho doctor nahin lekin thum log tho pade likhe ho doctor Ho thum kyon kuch nahi karthein ?)