TB examination: 2 new labs to be opened in Mumbai, says Dr Deepak Sawant

Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. 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 from January 2018. In Mumbai, 113 new TB patients have been detected. For which, now the state government will open 2 new labs in Mumbai. A state-of-the-art research centre for more research on tuberculosis will be established at Sir JJ Group of Hospitals

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  • 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).
  • On PM Modi’s direction, a national strategic plan has been developed to eradicate TB by the year 2020 to 2025. Also, a world TB summit will be conducted under the guidance of the experts in Delhi.
  • To eradicate TB, BMC has undertaken a campaign from January 2018. In Mumbai, 113 new TB patients have been detected. 7 patients have MDR TB and are being treated immediately for the same. 1,500 patients underwent x-ray.

In a reply to BJP MLA Parag Alavani’s question, Dr Deepak Sawant, the state health minister said, in Mumbai there are 3 laboratories existing. Now, 2 more laboratories will be opened.

In assembly, the state health minister said, “In total TB patients’ across the state, around 18 to 20% are detected from Mumbai. There are 24 district tuberculosis centres in Mumbai for TB Control. There are 517 TB treatment teams in the state and 59 teams in Mumbai. There are 1,520 microscopic centres across the state for sputum test amongst which 130 centres are in Mumbai.”

For drug resistant MDR and XDR TB patients there are 12 culture and DST laboratories in the state. TB patents Approval has been given for laboratories at Sir JJ Group of Hospitals, Hinduja Hospital, GTB Hospital, Metropolis healthcare laboratory and SRL. Out of which, laboratory is established at Sir JJ Group of Hospitals and Hinduja Hospital. Other 3 laboratories will be constructed within 3 months.