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Didn’t know for 8 years that I had tuberculosis: Amitabh Bachchan

Didn’t know for 8 years that I had tuberculosis: Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan. File photo

Mumbai, August 19

For eight years Amitabh Bachchan did not know that he was suffering from tuberculosis and said he did not mind calling himself a tuberculosis survivor.

Amitabh was at NDTV’s Swasth India launch and was speaking to Dr Harsh Vardhan urging him to spread awareness about regular check-ups to facilitate early diagnosis.

“I keep quoting my personal example all the time and try and propagate the idea of getting you detected. I don’t mind saying this publicly that I am a tuberculosis survivor, hepatitis B survivor... Bad blood infusion went in and 75 per cent of my liver is gone but because I was able to detect it even after 20 years, I am surviving on 25 per cent,” he said.

The 76-year-old star, who has been associated with various health campaigns like polio, hepatitis B, tuberculosis and diabetes, urged people to get tested and diagnosed. “Then there is a cure. Even with tuberculosis. I did not know for almost eight years that I was suffering from tuberculosis. If you are not willing to get yourself tested then you would never find out and there’s never going to be a cure for it,” he said. IANS

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