A 48-year-old doctor (name withheld) from Sewri Tuberculosis Hospital vehemently denied the allegations that he had contracted extensively drug resistant (XDR) TB infection, a day after media reports that he had been diagnosed the dreaded drug resistance.
"I have been working with Sewri TB Hospital since the last 20 years. I have served as a medical officer in the Dockyard clinic and am used to examining at least 50 drug-resistant patients every day. In 2011, I had acquired TB and undergone a six-month drug therapy course. Also, in 2012, I suffered from multi-drug resistant TB and underwent a two-year course, which has recently culminated. My X-ray reports are clear," the 48-year-old medical officer, who stays on campus with his wife and children, told dna.
The doctor has been on leave since the last four months.
He further alleged that certain unscrupulous elements were attempting to malign his reputation by spreading rumours that he has contracted XDR-TB. "I am vying for the deputy medical superintendent's post in the hospital. This is work-related politics. I am not infected with XDR-TB," said the doctor.
However, Sewri TB Hospital's superintendent Dr Rajendra Nanavare said, "The doctor was recently diagnosed with XDR-TB. He must be under depression and hence in denial."
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) records atleast 30,000 cases of drug sensitive cases every year, of which 20 per cent are drug-resistant cases and do not respond to first line treatment. They need longer and more ardent drug regimens ranging over two years. The success rate of curing XDR-TB cases is merely 30 per cent, other patients who get infected with drug-resistant strains succumb to the illness.