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Inverse Chokehold

Doctors at public hospitals in Mumbai are getting tuberculosis

Inverse Chokehold
Amit Haralkar
Inverse Chokehold
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Samidha Khandare made news just a few months ago when she received her medical degree as she herself lay on a hospital bed. She’d been undergoing treatment for tuberculosis. Tragically, she hit the headlines once again: on June 30, she died of multiple drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). A nursing student too died of TB at the Nair Hospital. Since then, at least two other staff members at the hospital have contracted the disease. Across the state, at least 26 doctors—either residents or those interning in the fifth year of the MBBS course—have contracted TB in the last year.

It’s alarming that those who provide healthcare end up suffering from the diseases they treat in patients, and speaks of lack of hygiene in hospitals and bad living conditions. Treatment of TB, depending on whether it’s primary or drug-resistant, can take 3-24 months. MDR-TB, which has become a cause of concern in Mumbai, can wor­sen to extr­emely drug-resistant TB, which is almost impossible to cure. And those are just the bare facts. A look at the daily lives...

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