Under the tag line ‘TB Harega, Desh Jeetega’, efforts are being made by the state government to eradicate tuberculosis. However, the number of people suffering from tuberculosis is increasing. Owing to which, BMC has taken the initiative to create awareness regarding the same.
The Health Department organised a ‘Mumbai Missions for TB Control’ workshop for special representatives of BMC. On this occasion, representatives from 24 wards of Mumbai were present. Many experts expressed their views regarding queries like, What is TB? What are the symptoms? What should be the treatment? Similarly, what should the corporators do to create public awareness in their respective areas? And so on.
The program was attended by Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, Mayor, Mumbai, Ajoy Mehta, commissioner, Dr Avinash Supe, Dean, KEM Hospital, Dr Padmaja Keskar, the executive medical officer of BMC along with the other dignitaries. Imran Shaikh, head, International Union Against Tuberculosis And Lung Disease (IUATLD) said, “In the world, every year, 18 lakhs people die due to TB. In India, the number is 4.30 lakh. In the year 2050, the death toll will go up to 7 crores. Currently, there are 27,90,00 new patients worldwide. Therefore, we are working with the corporation for the first time to create awareness about TB.”
Dr Avinash Supe, Dean, KEM Hospital said, “Mumbai has 50 per cent of slums and 35 per cent people have migrated. Most of the patients of TB have been registered from Mankhurd, Dharavi and Malvani. The corporation has provided various facilities to treat this disease. There are more than 300 DOTS centre. Apart from this, there was 1 machine before CB-NAAT machine. But in the year 2017, 28 machines have been made available. Nutritious food has been provided to 233 TB patients, by the municipal administration and private donor and partners.”
Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, Mayor, Mumbai said, “The number of TB patients in Mumbai is increasing. The percentage of it is more in the slums. Therefore, the corporators should create awareness about the disease in their respective areas. ”