Gurugram: The health department will open drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) centre in Pataudi Civil Hospital by October 1. This will be the first such facility in the city, according to officials.
Drug-resistant TB is caused by tuberculosis bacteria which is resistant to at least one first-line anti-TB drug. Since the disease is spread via air from one patient to another person, those suffering from drug-resistant TB will be isolated in the facility for their treatment. The move was initiated as Haryana has ranked fourth in the country in tuberculosis prevalence, according to the National TB Prevalence Survey 2019-2021. According to the data, the state has 465 tuberculosis cases per 1 lakh people.
“The centre will have a 10-bed isolation ward for drug-resistant TB patients. We have also reached out to corporate firms to support TB patients. These firms will provide manpower, equipment and dietary supplements to TB patients. They can also create awareness among people in rural areas about TB,” said Virender Yadav, chief medical officer. This is an important move for the district as tuberculosis patients are vulnerable to Covid and detecting the cases at the earliest is important, Yadav said, adding interferon-gamma release assays (IGRA) test for TB screening, which is now available at Sector-10 hospital, will be available at other government health care centres as well. According to the government data, 3,134 patients have been diagnosed with TB in the city till June 6 this year. The city saw 6,425 TB cases in 2021 and 6,252 in 2020. While the tally was 7,015 in 2019, Gurugram recorded 4,328 cases in 2018. The government plans to eliminate TB by 2025.
The city has two CBNAAT and one TrueNAAT machine at government hospitals for the diagnosis of TB — civil hospital and Sohna civil hospital.