While health officials debate whether a virulent strain of tuberculosis (TB) detected by Hinduja Hospital is “curable” or not, 152 TB patients die on an average every month at the civic-body-run TB Hospital in Sewree.
According to data provided by the BMC, a total of 1,825 TB patients died at the Sewree hospital last year.
The 1,000 bed Sewree hospital is the only public hospital in the state dedicated to TB and caters to patients from across the state. “Patients admitted to the Sewree hospital are usually critical. They usually receive some treatment from private practitioners and are sent to us after their health deteriorates,” said Dr Rajendra Nanavare, medical superintendent, TB Hospital, Sewree.
Also, in the past three years, Maharashtra has had the second highest number of TB deaths in the country after Uttar Pradesh.