Mumbai: BMC to prepare database of Dengue, Malaria patients

In 2017, Mumbai witnessed a rise in Dengue and Malaria cases. Around 17 people lost their lives due to dengue. Since 2015, till February 2018, as many as 97 people fell prey to dengue in Maharashtra. In order to curb the rising cases, the BMC has prepared an action plan

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  • The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to prepare a database of dengue and Malaria affected patients. 
  • Doctors in the civic-run hospital will take the contact number and address of the patient suffering from dengue and malaria. 
  • The data will be shared with the BMC on a regular basis.
  • The officers from insecticide department will then identify and destroy the mosquito breeding hideouts at the residence or the building premises.

As the pre-monsoon showers lashed Mumbai city on Saturday, the onset of the monsoon is just a few days away. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is gearing up to tackle with the menace of dengue and malaria in the city.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Santosh Revankar, said, “Once the suspected patient of dengue and malaria comes to the hospital, the OPD staff will record their address and mobile number. Then, the officers of the insecticide department will go and inspect their house and premises. They will also destroy mosquito breeding hideouts. People from the vicinity will also be examined.”

Dr Revankar added further, “This year, BMC has focused on the rising numbers of dengue and malaria patients. Last year, we recorded over 6,000 patients in Mumbai. Areas like Dadar, Naigaon, Parel, Elphinstone in Central Mumbai, and Mazgaon, Mumbai Central, and Wadala in South Mumbai, were worst affected by mosquito menace. So, this year, we have decided to concentrate on these areas more.”