A 13-year-old Goregaon girl suffering from tuberculosis (TB), resistant to all known anti-TB drugs, died about ten days ago.
She was among the eight patients confirmed with extremely drug resistant TB (XXDR-TB) in April by the National Tuberculosis Institute, Bangalore.
Three years ago, the girl was detected with drug – resistant tuberculosis and was treated by private doctors. “She had completed two full regimens of the treatment before she was brought to us. Patients should approach us directly to avoid any delay in treatment,” a senior civic health official said.
The girl was given Directly Observed Treatment Shortcourse Plus ( DOTS+), under the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme, for extensively drug resistant (XDR) TB treatment at a civic hospital in Goregaon.
The civic body, which rolled out a TB programme early this year, is treating five of the six patients who suffer from XXDR-TB, in the city. While the sixth patient is being treated by Hinduja hospital in Mahim.