New Delhi: Veteran Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, who recently tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time, thanked his fans and well-wishers for keeping him in their prayers. In his recent blog post, published on August 25 at 12:02AM, Mr Bachchan wrote, “To them that have sent me their concern and prayers, their love and the immense heart filled grace for my recovery, I give my folded hands in grateful acknowledged will ever be touched by gratitude. Your benevolence shall ever remain within me and your dedicated care, a never ending river of love.”
Through his daily blog entry, Mr Bachchan informed that he has taken both the doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, along with the precaution dose but, despite that, he contracted the infection. He wrote,
Yes despite all the precautions and the dosage for its prevention – the injection one and two and the booster thereafter – the care to not be in the presence of the public realm, Covid did win and come out victorious!
Mr Bachchan was shooting for the TV quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati 14 before the virus got hold of him. He wrote about his work being affected and added,
To say that I am disappointed would be an understatement. It is the concern I bring on those that are near and dear.
He further wrote,
It is the helplessness that invades the system and the assurance that many give that all shall be well, is most courageous of them, but ever there are eternal apprehensions for their fructification.
The 79-year-old actor did not give out many details about his current condition. In the extensive blog post, he added,
It is pointless for me to give you the details of the medical conditioning that has isolated me from my work. The profession of medicine and doctors is far too refined and admired, that it would be a fallacy to even attempt to enter their thinking or their domain. You put your faith in them and give them the opportunity to attend to what they have trained and practiced in all these years.
While finishing the blog entry, he wrote,
I have no intent of giving health bulletins but yes, I shall and I should keep you updated. What that update shall be, will be my prerogative.
On Tuesday (August 23) night, the veteran actor took to the micro-blogging site Twitter to reveal that he has contracted COVID-19. Sharing the update, Mr Bachchan urged his contacts to get tested for the Novel Coronavirus. In a tweet, he wrote, “I have just tested Covid positive. All those who have been in my vicinity and around me, please get yourself checked and tested also.”
T 4388 – I have just tested CoViD + positive .. all those that have been in my vicinity and around me, please get yourself checked and tested also .. ????
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 23, 2022
This is the second time Mr Bachchan has contracted COVID, ever since the pandemic began. Earlier in July 2020, the legendary actor had tested positive along with his actor -producer son Abhishek Bachchan. Back then the father – son duo was also hospitalised. Among the immediate family, Abhishek’s wife, actress and former Miss World, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and their daughter Aaradhya had also tested COVID-19 positive.
NDTV – Dettol have been working towards a clean and healthy India since 2014 via the Banega Swachh India initiative, which is helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. The campaign aims to highlight the inter-dependency of humans and the environment, and of humans on one another with the focus on One Health, One Planet, One Future – Leaving No One Behind. It stresses on the need to take care of, and consider, everyone’s health in India – especially vulnerable communities – the LGBTQ population, indigenous people, India’s different tribes, ethnic and linguistic minorities, people with disabilities, migrants, geographically remote populations, gender and sexual minorities. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign will continue to raise awareness on the same along with focussing on the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children, fight malnutrition, mental wellbeing, self care, science and health, adolescent health & gender awareness. Along with the health of people, the campaign has realised the need to also take care of the health of the eco-system. Our environment is fragile due to human activity, which is not only over-exploiting available resources, but also generating immense pollution as a result of using and extracting those resources. The imbalance has also led to immense biodiversity loss that has caused one of the biggest threats to human survival – climate change. It has now been described as a “code red for humanity.” The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollution, waste management, plastic ban, manual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene. Banega Swasth India will also be taking forward the dream of Swasth Bharat, the campaign feels that only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and the country can become a Swasth or healthy India.