66 staffers at Sewri’s TB hospital contract TB

According to the RTI reply, out of 66 staffers that contracted TB, 17 died, 39 got cured and 10 are still undergoing treatment

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The state government is carrying out various programmes in order to eradicate tuberculosis. However, in the last five years, 17 medical representatives lost their life due to TB of 66 staffers who contracted the disease at Sewri’s Tuberculosis Hospital. This included 11 nurses, two doctors, sanitation workers, medicine sellers, radiologists. 

The information was provided in the form of a Right To Information (RTI) reply filed by RTI activist Chetan Kothari. 

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Sewri TB Hospital medical superintendent Dr Lalit Anande informed that out of 66 employees, 17 died, 39 got cured and 10 are still undergoing treatment. The reply pointed out that 2013 was the severest year in this connection with 32 staffers contracting tuberculosis and 10 dying from it.

Dr Santosh Revankar, Joint Executive Health Officer of the TB Hospital said staffers were subjected to regular check-ups and were given a proper diet and in case of contracting the disease, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) bears the medical expenses and grants them paid leave.

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Statistics of doctors contracted TB

  • Year- 2013
    Staff workers contacted disease- 32
    Death- 10
    Treated patients- 22
    Ongoing treatment- 00

  • Year- 2014
    Staff workers contacted disease-
    11
    Death-
    02
    Treated patients-
    09
    Ongoing treatment-
    00

  • Year- 2015
    Staff workers contacted disease-
    08
    Death-
    04
    Treated patients-
    04
    Ongoing treatment- 
    00

  • Year- 2016
    Staff workers contacted disease-
    09
    Death-
    00
    Treated patients-
    04
    Ongoing treatment-
    05

  • Year- 2017
    Staff workers contacted disease-
    04
    Death-
    01
    Treated patients-
    00
    Ongoing treatment-
    03

  • August 2018
    Staff workers contacted disease-
    02
    Death-
    00
    Treated patients-
    00
    Ongoing treatment-
    02

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) report on TB that was released on September 18 termed it as the world's deadliest infectious disease. India, China, and Indonesia are considered the worst affected nations in regard.

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