Lack of awareness, and general apathy, can sometimes lead to terrible complications for people on a course of medication for a chronic disease. Driven by his own experience, a young Computer Science student from Tamil Nadu has created a new solution to ensure that patients remember to take medications as prescribed, and avoid complications.
Ideas have a habit of striking through necessity! There was a time when Allan Das’s close relatives were badly affected by tuberculosis, and he had to go through a tiring process of procuring and delivering medicines for them. Through this experience, he found out that tuberculosis medication has to be taken daily, and the government organization DOT provides a weekly dose of medication in the form of pill sachets. Once the medication is over for the week, the patient needs to return the empty sachets of medicine and get new ones for the next week.
If the patient misses their medication consecutively for two days, then the tuberculosis bacteria become drug-resistant, and the entire three months’ medicine course goes down the drain. Many other chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer, hypertension, stroke, arthritis, and anemia also require patients to take their pills on time.