During the discussion held in the standing committee meeting, corporator Rakhi Jadhav raised the question on nutritious food for the family members of the TB patients.
Corporator Rais Shaikh, highlighted the points, whether the administration will provide nutritious food to the doctors and the health workers who get infected with tuberculosis while treating the patient.
Additional Commissioner Vijay Singhal replied saying the administration is thinking about this proposal too.
While speaking in the standing committee meeting Additional Commissioner Vijay Singhal said, “TB cases are increasing in Mumbai. In order to provide nutritious food to the TB patients, we will supply free ration to those patients who have registered with the DOTS centres. Also, families of the TB patients will be given free ration as well, in order to make sure that their immunity remains strong.”
21% of the patients who are diagnosed with TB are from Mumbai. And every year 25,000 new cases are added to the list.
As part of this initiative the BMC will provide
- 1, 11,600 nutritious ration packets to the adults
- 10,704 ration packets will be distributed among children with TB