- The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has sent a proposal to the Union government, seeking permission to establish a dedicated TB research centre in Mumbai.
- In Mumbai, there are about 6500 MDR-TB patients and 5500 XDR-TB patients, who are currently undergoing the TB treatment.
- Experts believe that the dedicated TB research centre will boost the TB eradication campaign. It will help to identify and provide better treatment to the TB patient.
India contributes to 64 percent of the world’s TB burden. The Union government have undertaken various initiatives to eradicate this menace. The cases of Multi-Drug Resistant TB is rising day by day. To curb the rising cases, the BMC has written a letter to the union government, seeking permission to establish a dedicated TB research centre in Mumbai.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, IA Kundan, Additional Commissioner of the BMC, said, “We are trying to bring the number of TB patients to zero. But, the TB bacteria quickly become drug resistant. Keeping this in mind, we have sent a proposal to the union government, seeking permission to establish a special TB centre in Mumbai.”
“There are 6500 MDR-TB, and about 5500 XDR-TB patients in Mumbai, who take daily treatment. If a patient does not follow his daily regime of medicines, the TB bacteria become drug resistant. With this, nutritional food also plays a very pivotal role in the TB management. So, we are providing the TB patients the ready-to-eat food,” she added.