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TB officer to help city fight disease

MUMBAI: The city’s TB army is soon to get a knight to fight the war against the disease.

To fight the growing TB menace, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will soon appoint a TB officer for the city, along with deputy officers for each of the wards. According to the BMC, one of the civic health officers will be appointed as the TB officer by the end of this week.

“We had asked deputy executive health officers to volunteer for the post. Many of these officers have since applied.

We will soon finalize a TB officerfor the city,” said additional municipal commissioner (health), Manisha Mhaiskar.

Apart from this, a total of 24 district TB officers will be chosen and sent to Bangalore for training to combat the disease. “By Wednesday, these 24 officers will be finalized and the batch will be sent on a 12-day training programme to Bangalore,” said Dr Anil Bandivadekar, BMC’s executive health officer.

The Centre announced the setting up of a pilot programme for TB control in Mumbai two weeks ago. The announcement followed Hinduja Hospital’s research work about 12 patients being diagnosed with ‘totally drug resistant TB’ (TDR-TB); the government consequently said there were no TDR-TB cases and that these cases were to be called extra extensively drug resistant TB (XXDR-TB) instead.Talking about the TB program, Mhaiskar said, “Most of the things on paper have been finalised and the measures have been decided upon, now it’s just the matter of making them functional which will be done in about a week or two’s time.”

“The TB officer along with the district officers will work on implementation of details, logistics and training. One good thing about this plan is that we are dividing Mumbai in 24 parts ward-wise, so that the program can be implemented well from a micro level,” said Bandivadekar.

Another plan of the programme was to appoint retired TB surgeons with expertise in the field on honorary basis to carry out surgeries at TB hospital in Sewree till the time new appointments are made. Dr Sanjay Oak, public health director and dean of KEM hospital said, “We have established contacts with quite a few senior TB surgeons and by this weekend we should have the names in hand of doctors who will step in to operate at the TB hospital.”

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