Soon, Mumbai to get its first dedicated TB research centre

Every year, around four lakh people die due to TB in India, and around 29 lakh new cases are detected. India has aimed to eradicate TB by 2025. The BMC has sent a proposal to the union government, seeking permission to establish a TB research centre in Mumbai

 

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  • 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.

The doctors, working in the field of TB for the past several years, have welcomed the idea. Doctors say this research centre will prove beneficial for the patients as well as in TB management.
Medical Superintendent of the Sewri TB hospital, Dr Lalitkumar Anandem, while speaking to My Medical Mantra, said, “Extensive TB research is the need of the hour. I have sent the proposal to establish a TB research centre in Shivdi TB hospital to the BMC. There is a special unit in KEM hospital, but if we want to curb the TB cases, then we need lots of research labs. Through good research in TB, we can achieve the governments’ TB eradication goal. If the government grants permission to set up a TB research unit, it will be of great help to the patients.”
Dr Satish Pawar, Additional Director of the Maharashtra Urban Health Mission, while speaking to My Medical Mantra, said, “We have a TB research centre in all the government medical colleges, where extensive work is going on to find MDR-TB patients.”