Following the death of a 31-year-old staff nurse from multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis at Sewri TB hospital, the staff protested against the working conditions and demanded compensation for the family of the deceased, Rani Nagre.
Nagre was the sole earning member of the family, and her old parents were dependent on her. Nagre passed away on September 9, after second-line treatment for extrapulmonary multi-drug resistant TB for five months at the hospital.
Earlier, she was under treatment in a private clinic but had to stop it mid-way after facing financial problems.
“She was put on treatment at the hospital on March 18 this year. She had low immunity and was very weak,” said the hospital’s medical superintendent, Dr Rajendra Nanaware.
The Mumbai Mahanagarpalika Karmachari Mahasangh Municipal Unions’ Trust (MMKMMUT) is demanding a compensation of Rs 15 lakh for Nagre’s family, claiming that she contracted the infection after coming in contact with TB patients admitted in the hospital.
“The hospital is short staffed and there are few sweepers to clean the corridors and wards. With poor infection control, several employees are contracting TB and receive no compensation,” said Prakash Devdas, president of MMKMMUT.