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29-yr-old multi-drug resistant TB patient dies at Sewree Hospital

A 29-year-old man, one among 12 detected with extremely drug resident tuberculosis (XXDR-TB) by the Hinduja Hospital, Mahim, in January, died at Sewree Hospital last month, said civic officials. Four others had died earlier.

mumbai Updated: Aug 21, 2012 01:01 IST
Priyanka Vora

A 29-year-old man, one among 12 detected with extremely drug resident tuberculosis (XXDR-TB) by the Hinduja Hospital, Mahim, in January, died at Sewree Hospital last month, said civic officials. Four others had died earlier.

Doctors are the Hinduja Hospital are screening people who might have come in

contact with the deceased for TB.

In February, the civic body had rolled out a TB control programme after the Mahim hospital reported cases of XXDR-TB, in which the patient is resistant to all known anti-TB drugs.

Officials from the Central TB Division, Delhi, along with experts from Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and USAID will visit Mumbai during the next four days to review various TB control programmes.

The team, comprising Dr Kenneth Castro from CDC and Dr Sanjay Kapoor from USAID, is expected to visit the testing facility at JJ Hospital and Sewree Hospital, which has performed 25 surgeries on TB patients.

In its intensified TB detection program, the civic body had conducted a door-to-door survey in 24 wards.

“We have detected around 400 new TB cases, which are already receiving treatment. We have also partnered with private doctors and are providing incentives to monitor the treatment of TB patients,” Dr Mini Khetarpal, Mumbai TB Officer, BMC.

“In the past six months, the civic body has come with various programs, which the expert team will review and will offer suggestion on how we can make the program more effective,” she added.

At present, the Sewree Hospital has 15 patients including five patients identified by Hinduja Hospital registered under the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme who are suffering from XXDR-TB. “

To reduce the transmission of tuberculosis, we want early detection of cases,” said Khetarpal.

The team will also visit Aurangabad district to review the TB control activities, according to state health officials.