BMC to provide nutritious ration to TB patients and their families

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to provide nutritious food to the TB patients. Not only TB patients, but the families of the TB patients will also be included in this ration. 8 kgs ration will be provided to the TB patients for free at 641 DOTs centres in Mumbai

BMC to provide nutritious ration to TB patients and their families

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

The union government has an aim to eradicate TB from India by 2025. In the recent budget the government had allocated Rs 600 crore for nutritious food to be distributed to TB patients.