A senior orthopaedic surgeon in the city has reworked a popular song from the film Junglee to spread awareness about the hazards of spitting in public. Koi mujhe junglee kahe, kehane do ji kehta rahe, hum paan chabakar sadkon par thookte rahe, khaa thoo... are the opening words of the lyrics penned by Dr Dilip Nadkarni, a surgeon at Lilavati Hospital.
Nadkarni, who has made a video clip of the song, said that many infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, influenza and the common cold is transmitted because of the unhygienic habit. Over 800 people have seen the clip on YouTube within a week. Nadkarni has spoken to Doordarshan officials to air the clip on television. He will also meet railway officials so that the song can be played at railway stations.
“A lot of people want to raise their voice against the system. But they don’t know how to and are not sure if authorities will address their grievances. Since most people are technologically savvy today, I decided to make the clip and upload it,” said Dr Nadkarni. He added that he has tried to show how diseases spread by spitting in public through the clip which has been shot at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, BMC headquarters and Bandra-Worli Sea Link.
Around 1, 29, 237 persons were held for spitting in public and Rs2.5 crore was collected in fines as part of the Clean-up Mumbai campaign between July and December, 2011.
“As an orthopaedic surgeon, I have seen many cases of knee joint tuberculosis. Even though people know that spitting in public spreads diseases, they continue to do so. More awareness is needed and punitive action should be taken against those who spit in public,” said Dr Nadkarni.
Dr Arun Bamne, executive health officer with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said, “There is a need to create awareness among people. Our department has been working against spitting in public for a long time. We will definitely try and use the song for our public awareness programme if Dr Nadkarni sends us the song.”
Dr Nagsen Ramraje, head of chest and TB department, Sir JJ Group of Hospitals, said, “Spitting in public places is one of the most unhygienic habits that is responsible for spreading air-borne diseases like TB. More awareness is required to stop such practices.”