TB: BMC to start year’s first door-to-door campaign

The number of tuberculosis (TB) patients has gone up. A national strategic plan has been developed to eradicate TB by the year 2020 to 2025. Owing to which, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has undertaken a campaign to detect new TB patients

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Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but they can also damage other parts of the body. TB spreads through the air when a person with TB of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, or talks. To eradicate TB, BMC has undertaken a campaign.

BMC’s campaign:

  • The campaign will start from January 11 to January 27
  • Health officers will visit the slum areas
  • Door-to-door check-ups will be conducted
  • Newly detected TB patient will be treated
  • 260 teams of 30 members have been formed

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Daksha Shah, BMC TB Officer said, “The campaign is conducted twice in a year. The health officer will visit the houses in the 24 wards. The suspected patients will be examined.  They will be provided financial help to visit the nearest DOTS centres. Through this campaign, we want to reach out to 7 lakhs people.”

As per the BMC’s report,   the number of tuberculosis (TB) patients has gone up. As per the information from the BMC, 51 per cent of males and 49 per cent of females and 8 per cent of children suffer from TB. India continues to have the highest number of tuberculosis (TB) cases in the world, stated the Global TB Report 2017 released by World Health Organization (WHO). In India, an estimated 27.9 lakh patients were suffering from TB in 2016 and up to 4.23 lakh patients were estimated to have died during the year.

TB patients in Mumbai:

Year                 Patients

2015                 38,667

2016                 42,115