TB patients opting out of treatment in Mumbai: Praja Foundation report

Mumbai based NGO Praja Foundation reported that TB cases have increased by 33 per cent within four years

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NGO Praja Foundation has released a report on Thursday stating that the number of people are dropping out of TB treatment (DOTS) has increased from 12 per cent in 2013 to 15 per cent in 2017. The NGO’s white paper reported that TB cases have increased to 55,130 in 2017-18 i.e. 33 per cent jump from 2013-14.

Every year, the NGO brings out an annual health report analysing data gathered from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Health Department, using Right To Information.

Praja Foundation's Milind Mhaske said that there is a gap in TB cases registered and those opting for directly observed treatment (DOT) at civic or state hospitals. He added that the civic body needs to reflect on why people are not opting for treatment under their care.

The NGO did not include data of number of deaths in this year’s white paper as they did not receive it under RTI, irrespective of the second appeal.

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