World TB Day: Mumbai witnesses a reduction in TB deaths by 24%

With a week to go for World Tuberculosis Day, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has revealed the figures of TB deaths in the city. In the last four years, the number of TB deaths has reduced in the city due to the preventive measures and steps being taken by the civic body to curb the rise of TB cases

Mumbai witnesses a reduction in TB deaths by 24%

In 2013, the BMC had initiated the Mumbai Mission for TB control, through this programme treatment was started on TB patients in government and private-run hospitals. Apart from this, since the last five years the BMC conducts various programmes to raise awareness on TB and provide information about it. And as a result of these measures, the ratio of TB deaths in Mumbai has reduced.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Padmaja Keskar, Executive Health Officer, BMC stated, “In 2013, Mumbai witnessed 7, 391 deaths caused due to TB. This number reduced in 2016 to 5, 634 TB deaths. In between 2013-16, the number of TB cases in Mumbai had reduced by 24 per cent.”

Dr Daksha Shah, BMC, TB Control Department Head Officer, said, “In accordance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of achieving a TB-free India by 2025, we are going to start a TB Yukut Mumbai Yojana, which will go on from 2019 to 2025. In this we are going to focus on prevention of TB and searching hidden TB cases.”

In 2017, there were 45,675 patients who are detected with TB who have been admitted in government and private-run hospitals. In 2019, there were 46,513 patients who were diagnosed with TB. Apart from this between 2017-18 , the Gene Xpert test was done on one lakh patients. While 670 patients were detected with Multi-Drug Resistant (MDR) TB in 2017, there were 545 MDR patients in 2018. Bedaquiline and delamanid have been made available for the treatment of TB patients.

The BMC has also provided TB patients with Rs 500 for ensuring a nutritious diet. 17,000 patients in Mumbai have benefitted through this scheme.

Apart from this the municipal corporation has also started an OPD’s for TB patients in eight of its peripheral hospital. The OPD’s are being utilised for detecting and treating patients. Chest physicians have been appointed from private hospitals on a part-time basis. These doctors work from 12pm to 4pm.

Statistics of TB deaths in Mumbai as per BMC records:

Year                                                   TB deaths
2013                                                       7391
2014                                                       7090
2015                                                       6685
2016                                                       5634

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