Mumbai: TB patients to get free nutritious food ration

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease that usually affects the lungs and weakens the immune system. The few months after the TB detection are vital. The patients can face serious health hazards if they do not get nutritious food and the medicines. Owing to which, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to provide free ration for two months to the newly detected drug-resistant TB patients which are registered in the Directly Observed Treatment, Short Course (DOTS) Centres

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  • Newly detected TB patients will get nutritious food ration. 
  • BMC’s health department will provide nutritious food ration to drug-resistant TB patients. 
  • The nutritious food ration will be provided at the BMC’s DOTS Centre from the month of February.
  • The BMC has taken this step to enable the TB patients to acquire the nutritious food.
  • Recently, the Uttar Pradesh government decided to give cash reward of Rs 450 for identifying each TB patient.

To eradicate TB, BMC has undertaken a campaign. The campaign will start from January 11 to January 27. Health officers will visit the slum areas and door-to-door check-ups will be conducted. Now, In order to ensure Tuberculosis (TB) patients get healthy food to maintain their nutrition level. Soon, the BMC’s health departemnt will be provide a nutritious food ration to drug-resistant TB patients for the first two months of their treatment who are registered in the Directly Observed Treatment (DOTS) centres.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Daksha Shah, BMC TB Officer said, “If a person is suffering from TB, then the first two months are most essential. Owing to which, nutritious food ration will be provided at the BMC’s DOTS Centre and the MDR patients will be provided the nutritious food ration for a year.”

As per the information received from Dr Shah, Newly detected TB patients who are registered in the DOTS Centre will get nutritious food ration. In ration, 1 kg lentils, rice, peanuts, jaggery and chana will be provided along the personal hygiene kit. Currently, the tender process is going on regarding the same and this scheme will be implemented from the month of February.