Independent corporator from L ward Vijay Tandel, started providing free diet supplements – boiled eggs and biscuits to TB patients after he noticed that most of the patients from his area were from Below Poverty Line (BPL ) families.
“The major reason TB is rampant is lack of proper nutrition and many TB patients in my ward are too poor to afford a high protein diet. They took medicines on empty stomach,” said Tandel. He began distributing the biscuits and eggs in October 2012 at the Matoshri maternity home, Chunabhatti, where more than 40 TB patients were admitted.
Additional Municipal Commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar, plans to implement this as a corporation programme from next year said the city records around 30,000 TB and 3,200 multi-drug resistant TB cases every year.