Drug-resistant TB: Central team in city, to chalk out policy
The Central Tuberculosis Division (CTD) team, which arrived in the city on Monday, will chalk out policy on how to treat patients suffering from totally drug-resistant tuberculosis (TDR-TB).mumbai Updated: Jan 17, 2012 01:27 IST
The Central Tuberculosis Division (CTD) team, which arrived in the city on Monday, will chalk out policy on how to treat patients suffering from totally drug-resistant tuberculosis (TDR-TB), said Manisha Mhaiskar, additional municipal commissioner, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
Currently, there is no protocol from the National TB Programme on how to treat TDR-TB patients. On January 6, PD Hinduja Hospital announced that it had detected 12 patients with TDR-TB. Three of them died in the past two months.
While seven patients are from Mumbai, the other two are from Ratnagiri and Bhayander.
“The BMC team visited the Mumbai patients and their relatives last week. It will visit the patients again to counsel them about infection control methods. We have identified 43 persons who have come in contact with the patients so far,” said Mhaiskar.
The CTD team comprising Dr KS Sachdeva, additional director general, CTD, Maulik Parmar, an advisor with the World Health Organisation and a micro-biologist, arrived on Monday from New Delhi. They held an informal meeting at the BMC executive health officer’s office at F-south ward, sources said.
Jayant Banthia, additional chief secretary, health and family welfare, will meet the team at Arogya Bhavan on Tuesday after a visit to Sewree TB hospital, JJ hospital and Hinduja hospital.
The BMC has a three-pronged plan to try control the spread of TB. “We will have sensitisation workshops of qualified practioners, both BMC and private, reiterating the national guidelines for TB treatment,” said Mhaiskar.
On Monday, the BMC held its first workshop with 70 doctors at KEM hospital.
The second part of the plan is to reach out to non-allopathic doctors so that they notify TB patients to them so that they will be sent to a dispensary that provides Directly Observed Treatment Short-course (DOTS) treatment.
The third part includes health workers looking out for symptoms of TB in people during their house visits and linking them with the dispensaries.