Mumbai: BMC survey finds 172 positive cases of tuberculosis

According to the survey, of the 5,342 people suspected to have TB, 172 tested positive for tuberculosis


The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had dispatched 2,700 teams, consisting of one male and female worker each, who screened as many as 10 lakh households in the slums

More than 5,000 Mumbaikars are suspected to have tuberculosis (TB) and around 2,362 may be at the risk of leprosy, as per the findings of a health survey conducted by the BMC.

They also provided medical diagnosis to 25 lakh residents for a fortnight from September 23 to October 09.

The corporation also screened people, especially women, for three types of cancer – oral, breast and cervical and 1,127 cases were identified.

Twenty-five lakh citizens were screened as a part of this survey which was undertaken by the municipal corporation on Gandhi Jayanti.

The screening programme helped the civic body identify over one lakh people in the city suffers from hypertension, cancer and diabetes.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Padmaja Keskar, informed, “All the patients who have been diagnosed as TB-positive have been referred to BMC dispensaries and clinics for further treatment. But they can also opt for treatment at private hospitals.”

She further added, “Lifestyle diseases like diabetes and hypertension have taken a toll on the health of the people. It has led to an increase in morbidity rates.”