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Amitabh Bachchan, Ratan Tata join hands to promote tuberculosis-free India

Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan and businessman Ratan Tata on September 10, supported the government's "Call to Action for a TB-Free India" initiative.Big B and Mr Tata attended an event to launch "Mumbai Dialogue: Towards a
IANS September 11, 2015 13:49 IST
IANS

Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan and businessman Ratan Tata on September 10, supported the government's "Call to Action for a TB-Free India" initiative.

Big B and Mr Tata attended an event to launch "Mumbai Dialogue: Towards a TB-Free India" which aims to bring in the strong support of corporate companies for the cause.

Richard Verma, US Ambassador to India, was one of the main voices behind this initiative. He had also approached Mr Bachchan for the cause.

"I had already worked on tuberculosis in Mumbai for the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. We have started the campaign and several films have been made and the propaganda is on. So when Mr Verma talked about this initiative, I felt morally, socially, individually attached to it," Mr Bachchan said.

"I think during the time that we launched the campaign, I spoke to the media and told them that I myself was a sufferer of tuberculosis in the year 2000. It was detected quite by accident. But the fact is that I did undergo a certain course of action. It took about a year with heavy dosage of tablets and medication but the fact is that I stand before you cured of tuberculosis. If it could happen to me, it could happen to anyone," added Mr Bachchan.

"There is a cure for it and we've just had a wonderful meeting with several medical heads of the country and corporate heads where we've discussed many of these issues," said Mr Bachchan.

"To me, it is more than just a campaign. It's an issue being involved in a national cause. TB has been a silent killer in the country and has assumed proportions that most of us should be extremely concerned about. As a citizen of the country I feel very committed to play my role, however big or small it might be to help in this partnership with the government," said Mr Tata.