- Mumbai has recorded 4,891 cases of Multi-Drug Resistant TB (MDR-TB) in 2017. As compared to 2015, the cases rose by alarming 36 per cent.
- Mumbai contributes to 70% of the total MDR-TB cases reported in Maharashtra.
- In order to tackle the rising threat of MDR-TB, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has decided to set up dedicated Out Patient Department (OPD) in four civic-run medical colleges and hospitals.
Soon, Mumbai’s civic-run KEM, Sion, Nair and Sarvodaya hospitals will have a separate OPD for the patients suffering from the MDR-TB.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Padmaja Keskar, Executive Health Officer, BMC, said, “If we can detect TB at a very early stage, we can start treating the patient immediately. Keeping this in mind, we have decided to set up OPD’s in four civic-run hospitals and medical colleges. We have started the procedure and soon, we will set up the OPD’s in hospitals.”
Dr Keskar added further, “In Mumbai, cases of Multi-Drug resistant TB are rising. Patients are taking treatment and follow up in the Sewree TB hospital. But, the pressure on the Sewri TB Hospital is enormous. Hence, we are planning to set-up OPDs in the civic hospitals as well. This will reduce the pressure on the Sewri TB Hospital.”
The Union Government has set an aim to eradicate TB by 2025. My Medical Mantra has earlier reported that the Union Health Minister has issued an order saying, unless the new medical colleges have a separate TB centre, permission will not be given to open a private medical college.
“A patient can fight with TB, provided he gets the nutritious food. Nutritious food is available at the DOT centres. We are planning to make the nutritious food available in all the 24 wards in Mumbai,” added Dr Keskar.