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In Mumbai, Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Clinic Runs Even During Coronavirus Lockdown

Amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, treatment for patients for other infectious diseases could have suffered massively had it not been the effort that organisations like Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) or Doctors Without Borders put in. MSF provides free, comprehensive and individualised treatment at its independent private clinic in Mumbai to people with severe forms of drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB). MSF also works in close collaboration with the national TB programme to reduce the mortality and morbidity linked to TB in Mumbai and their clinic went beyond its defined charter to ensure TB patients do not suffer due to the Coronavirus induced lockdown.

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The global prices for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) have been fluctuating  dramatically since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Because of this the price mentioned for a full PPE kit - face protection, goggles and mask or face shield, gloves, gown or coverall, head cover, rubber boots - may not reflect the final purchase price. As well as being able to procure PPE in necessary numbers, MSF also requires it to be of a necessary standard. The volatility of the global PPE market is likely to continue, which is why MSF has been calling for a form of regulation to allow equitable and reliable distribution of medical equipment and PPE that is of necessary minimum quality.

The cost mentioned is for a kit for a caregiver and not a single PPE kit.​​


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