In the end of August, torrential rain accompanied by strong winds pummelled Mumbai. While in the beginning of September, people had to experience unbearable heat. The change in climate invites various diseases like swine flu, during which, the mosquitoes breed in in stagnant water. So after swine flu, Mumbai is witnessing rise in the number of dengue cases.
According to information received by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC’s) disease control department, 93 dengue patients have been registered in the month of August, while 2 patients lost their lives. From September 1 to 11, 102 dengue patients have been registered. But after which, the number has gone up to 164. In the first half of September, 1,659 people were suspected of dengue. That means, only in a span of four days, 62 new dengue patients were registered.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Padmaja Keskar, the executive medical officer of BMC said, “Due to the change in climate, the number of patients suffering from leptospirosis and malaria are increasing. Similarly, there is a significant rise in the number of patients suffering from dengue. In just 15 days, 164 Dengue Patients have been reported, while 3 people have died. Dengue patients have been reported from Jogeshwari, Mankhurd, Kurla, Matunga, Andheri, Grant road and Chembur.”
She added, “Dengue spreads through the bite of the female mosquito (Aedes aegypti). Rain water accumulates in various objects such as tyres, coconut shells, thermocol, leaflets and plastic at home. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant, standing fresh water. So the citizens should discard things which are not in use.”
Mumbai’s chief insecticide officer, Rajan Naringrekar said, “The BMC workers go to the slum areas and conduct surveys and fogging. So far, five lakh, twenty thousand, seventy five houses have been surveyed in 5,160 chawls. We have destroyed all the breeding spots.”