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Maitri Porecha

  • Mumbai has more MDR-TB patients than global average

    When 40-year-old Sana Bano went to get her sputum tested at civic-run centre in Dharavi, she was told that she is multi-drug resistant (MDR-TB) patient and she will have to take up to 14,600 pills and up to 240 injections in two years to get her rid of her disease. Even then there was no guarantee...

    Wednesday, 25 March 2015 - 6:45am
  • final fight pays off, XXDR-TB & HIV patient cured

    Once an active case of extremely drug resistant (XXDR-TB) strain of tuberculosis or totally drug resistant (TDR) TB, 40-year-old Rashid Khan (name changed), has now been completely cured of his disease.

    Tuesday, 24 March 2015 - 6:35am
  • In Sewri TB hospital, nearly 200 employees got infected since 1999

    Since 1999, nearly 200 employees with the 1,200-bedded TB Hospital in Sewri got infected with the disease, according to medical records accessed by dna. On an average, 12 employees in Sewri TB Hospital get infected every year, of which five die. This means that two of every five infected employees...

    Tuesday, 24 March 2015 - 5:45am
  • TB fears cost healthy Indians jobs abroad

    Multinationals operating in India are forcing their employees to get preventive TB treatment

    Tuesday, 24 March 2015 - 6:45am
  • BMC extends free TB care to private sector

    Rashid Khan, 38, (name changed), a resident of Dharavi, recently visited a private doctor with classic symptoms of tuberculosis – hollow cough and persistent weight loss. His X-ray was conducted for free, his sputum tests for potential resistance to any TB drug were subsidised, and he got...

    Monday, 23 March 2015 - 6:15am
  • Multi-drug resistant TB: Global NGO slams makers of new-age drugs over high price, opaque practices

    In a well-timed report, ahead of World TB Day, Médecins Sans Frontières says though new-drugs provide hope, they remain largely out of reach of patients.

    Sunday, 22 March 2015 - 3:45pm
  • 29-year-old loses baby at KEM, blames doctors' delay

    An expectant mother had to lose her baby due to the alleged negligence of civic-run KEM Hospital in Parel on March 16.

    Thursday, 19 March 2015 - 6:30am
  • Couple designs comic book busting menstruation taboos

    A young couple has embarked on a creative journey to educate the masses about menstruation and are busting the taboos associated with it. Both in their thirties, Ahmedabad-based couple Aditi Gupta and Tuhin Paul are waiting to distribute thousands of colourful, illustrated comic books to schools...

    Tuesday, 17 March 2015 - 6:15am
  • India expresses concern over US endorsement of e-cigarettes

    In 2013, two-year-old Naomi Elbaz in Israel died after drinking a liquid refill for electronic cigarette. The doctors were unable to revive her despite all efforts. She was being watched over by her grandparents, when she sneaked into her grandfather's room and downed the fatal dose. A few...

    Tuesday, 17 March 2015 - 6:25am
  • India contemplates ban on e-cigarettes

    E-cigarettes may be smokeless but have plenty of parties fuming about them. While state-run Food and Drug Administration has declared selling of e-cigarettes illegal in Maharashtra, the national laws on these slender Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) remain hazy. Moreover, they are freely...

    Tuesday, 17 March 2015 - 7:56am