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66 Mumbai TB hosp staffers contracted disease in 5 years: RTI

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Sixty-six staffers at the Hospital in here contracted the in the last five years, authorities said in reply to an RTI plea.

Of these 66 employees, 17 had died, 39 had got cured and 10 were still undergoing treatment, the reply by Hospital Dr stated.

The reply revealed that, between 2013-2018, 49 labourers, 11 nurses, two doctors, and one lab technician, radiographer, each had contracted the

The reply pointed out that 2013 was the severest year in this connection with 32 and 10 dying from it.

Dr Santosh Revankar, of the Hospital said staffers were subjected to regular check-ups.

"They are given a proper diet and in case they unfortunately contract the disease, the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) bears the medical expenses and grants them paid leave," he said.

Chetan Kothari, who filed the RTI, said, "This is a matter of grave concern that on an average 14 doctors and hospital staffers are getting infected with this deadly every year."

Pradip Narkar, of the Municipal Mazdoor Union (MMU) said that they have had to fight to ensure staff at the hospital got N95 masks and other equipment to protect themselves from

A report on released on September 18 termed it the world's deadliest infectious disease.

India, and are the worst affected nations in the regard, report had mentioned.

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 16:20 IST