The civic health department has written to 10 major laboratories in the city asking them to send data related to patients detected with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB).
The Hinduja Hospital laboratory, the only lab in the city accredited to conduct drug susceptibility test (DST), has already sent its data to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The Hinduja data shows that 113 patients have been detected with MDR-TB so far.
“We have written to nine other laboratories including SRL Diagnostics, Ranbaxy and Metropolis. We are awaiting their replies. From now on, they will send us data every month,” said Manisha Mhaiskar, additional municipal commissioner.
Except Hinduja, all the other laboratories are un-accredited. Four of the seven Mumbai patients detected with extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis (XXDR-TB) at Hinduja Hospital have been visiting civic hospitals and will be officially part of the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) from Thursday. “These patients will get the treatment free of charge,” said Mhaiskar. The others will be included later.
The BMC also plans to start surgery for TB patients at Sewree TB hospital soon. “We have surgeons in KEM, Nair and Sion hospitals who will visit the TB hospital for surgeries. We are also contemplating getting our retired surgeons, who are experts in the field, as honorary surgeons at the TB hospital,” said Mhaiskar. Surgeries have not been conducted in the hospital since 2006.