Drug Resistant TB cases: Expert doctors team to be in Mumbai

TB patient
Mumbai, Jan 17: An expert team of doctors deputed by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare would reach here on Tuesday to chalk out a policy on how to treat patients suffering from reported cases of Drug Resistant TB cases, Additional Municipal Commissioner, BMC, Manisha Mhaiskar said.

At present, a three-member team is in the city which is ascertaining the facts about the disease. Also, a team of WHO would also join the expert team of doctors tomorrow, she said. "The team of doctors today visited the Hinduja and GTB hospitals.

on Tuesday they will be visiting the KEM hospital," she said. The team would meet Mhaiskar and Maharashtra Additional Chief Secretary (health and family welfare) Jayant Banthia.

"Sensitisation workshops have been organised for doctors. Medical practitioners from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and private hospitals have been included, starting with the civic-body run KEM hospital," she said.

A separate sensitisation workshop has been undertaken for semi-qualified people, wherein if they find a person suffering from TB, he should be taken to the nearest Directly Observed Treatment Short-course (DOTS) centre, she added. The complete course of TB medication should be taken and not be left out in between if the patient feels better, as it may lead to recurrence of the disease, she said.


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