Mumbai: Sixty-six Sewri TB Hospital employees affected with TB over six years

According to information provided in an RTI filed by a well-known RTI activist in Mumbai. It was revealed that over the last six years from 2013 to 2018, 66 employees (which includes doctors, nurses, medical staff and other workers). Seventeen employees succumbed to the illness. But on a positive note, the number of people affected with TB is decreasing due to more precautionary measures and early detection

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While speaking to My Medical Mantra, RTI activist Chetan Kothari, said, “From the year 2013-2018, 66 employees in at the Sewri TB Hospital have suffered from TB. Over the years, 11 nurses, a lab technician, a radiologist, a pharmacist, two doctors, one administration worker and a few sweepers and cleaners contracted the disease. The respiratory disease claimed the life of 17 people.”

Dr Lalitkumar Anande, Chief Medical Officer at the Sewri’s Tuberculosis said, “TB is a contagious disease. Doctors and nurses and other medical workers are prone to being infected as they work in close proximity to the patient. We have stared a special OPD for our employees. Therefore, the TB detection rate has increased and the numbers of deaths have decreased.  Those who are diagnosed with the state government cater to their nutritional needs. Hence, the numbers if employees who are suffering from the disease has decreased.”

Workers affected with TB

Year Workers Deaths Treated Currently being treated
2013 32 10 22 0
2014 11 2 9 0
2015 8 4 4 0
2016 9 0 4 5
 

2017

 

4

 

1

 

0

 

3

2018 2 0 0 2