Mumbai : Despite a phenomenal rise in the MDR TB cases in the city – from 53 cases in 2010 to 2,195 cases in 2012 – the civic body has upscaled the diagnostic capacity of TB and its treatment in early stages. This has been possible by national TB control programme, which vows to completely eliminate the disease.
All this has been possible only because the detection rate of the disease has improved four times, thanks to Setting 3 culture & DST labs, which diagnose MDR cases in 3 days and 2 gene expert which can diagnose MDR cases in 2 hours.
A revised national TB control programme is being implemented in Mumbai since 1999 and on an average 27,000 to 30,000 drug sensitive TB cases are registered
yearly under the programme.
The installing of new labs has resulted in early diagnosis and treatment of MDR cases.
As advancement towards TB control, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) in February 2013 organised a workshop on ‘Universal Access to Quality TB Care in Mumbai’.
With the help of various stakeholders, an action plan ‘Mumbai Mission for TB Control’ was prepared, which is a road map to achieve ‘universal access to TB and MDR TB Care in Mumbai’.
Seven strategic focus areas which were highlighted in this action plan contained the mission mode slum TB control. It also ensured access to rapid TB diagnosis and MDR and improving access to effective treatment.
The mission also extended services and support to providers and patients in the private sector.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), an International NGO has come forward to work with MCGM as a partner to support some activities related to TB control programme in Mumbai which are over and above the National programme.
The implementation will be done through an external agency working in the health sector. MCGM is signing a MoC with BMGF and the activities supported by BMGF
It will work for strengthening Mumbai District TB Control Society by establishing Technical support unit (TSU). It will also support MCGM’s mission mode slum TB control programme and increase the engagement and contribution of private sector towards TB control.