After the deluge in Mumbai on August 29, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is closely monitoring the health of the city in September. From August 30, the water from the waterlogged roads and railway tracks slowly was drained out. But after this, the civic body is worried about the health of citizens, who waded through flood water. The possibility of contamination in drinking water is also anticipated. Also, the undrained flood water can become mosquito breeding spots. On this background, the BMC is anticipating an epidemic of infectious diseases in the city.
“In the first week of September, there could be more cases of waterborne diseases such as cholera, jaundice, typhoid, diarrhea etc. Later, leptospirosis can also become a major threat. Also, post-flood, there is a possible increase in mosquito breeding sites. We closely watching the number of cases of Malaria and Dengue,” said Dr Mini Khetarpal, Epidemiology in-charge at the BMC.
Post-flood, the BMC had called an emergency meeting in order to brainstorm the preventive measures to avoid epidemics in the city. The meeting was attended by state health officials, infectious disease experts, Deans and all the HODs of medicine and pediatrics departments. After the meeting, the BMC issued an advisory to take preventive measures.
“We have been proactive in making a protocol and strategy to prevent leptospirosis. It’s important to act within 72 hours after the exposure. Hence, the standard operating procedure has been put in action and surveillance is intensified. Similarly, preventive actions of avoiding gastro, malaria etc, have also been taken. Fogging, spraying of insecticides have been intensified,” informed Idzes Kundan, Additional Municipal Commissioner BMC.
Leptospirosis is one of the most widespread diseases transmitted by animals to humans. After heavy rains on August 29, the BMC has mobilised more than 3200 paramedical staff to undertake a survey in high-risk areas such as slums and slum pockets. According to the data given by BMC, as many as 2,50,739 houses in high-risk area have been visited in order to provide the preventive medicines of Leptospirosis. There will be a review meeting on Monday, which will take stock of the preventive medication in all the wards in Mumbai.