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BMC registers 2,603 TB patients in the month of January 2018

Out of 2,603 patients, 113 were confirmed cases of TB and five to six people were registered with MDR level TB

BMC registers 2,603 TB patients in the month of January 2018
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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) registered 2,603 suspected TB patients during their campaign against tuberculosis which was held between January 11 and January 27, 2018.

This campaign against TB was launched in Mumbai’s 24 wards where the BMC tried reaching out to six lakh people, out of which, the civic body came across 2,603 suspected TB patients. Out of these, 113 were confirmed cases of TB and five to six people were registered with MDR level TB.

Immediate medical treatment

Immediate medication has been started on patients who have been diagnosed with TB. Likewise, sputum examination has also been done which will reveal if the person is contracted with MDR level TB, said Dr. Daksh Shah, the city TB officer.

Completion of a course is a must

A TB patient should complete their basic six-months course because five to eight per cent patients do not complete their course.

There is still a need for public awareness about 'TB'. The course of 'TB' is level-wise and so it is necessary to complete this course. If one quits the course abruptly, then 'TB' is likely to occur again. Also, TB patients should use handkerchief or mask while walking, talking and coughing,” Dr. Daksh Shah, city TB officer.

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