Mumbaikars fall ill as October heat grips the city


As monsoon has taken a step back from the state, the October heat has gripped the city.

However, the blistering heat has taken a toll on the health of Mumbaikars since the past two days.

The cases of viral fever, headache, body pain, and diarrhoea have risen. Also, the cases of fever went up by 20 to 30 per cent.

The withdrawal of monsoon and the sudden change in temperature, has left the Mumbaikars grasping for breath. The scorching sun and the humidity, has taken a toll on the health of Mumbaikars.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Mukund Tayade, Dean of Mumbai’s state-run Sir JJ Group of Hospital, said, “There is a sudden rise in the temperature in Mumbai. Since the past 2-3 days, the number of patients visiting the OPD has risen. Also, people with contagious diseases have been visiting the hospital for treatment.”

Dr Madhukar Gaikwad, Superintendent of Mumbai’s St George hospital, said, “Daily around 450 people visit Out Patient Department with different health issues. Of which, around 100 to 150 have complained about fever, headache, and other ailments. However, during the past 2-3 days, the number of patients complaining of fever, diarrhoea, and the headache has gone up by 30 to 40 per cent.”

Dr Om Shrivastava, a pulmonologist from Mumbai, said, “Due to the sudden rise in temperature, people are suffering from viral diseases. If one has symptoms, people should immediately rush to the doctor than opting for self-medication.”