A white paper on health released on Wednesday by an NGO Praja Foundation stated that in Mumbai, in the last five years, Dengue cases have seen a massive rise of 265%. The number of cases of dengue in government hospitals/dispensaries have increased from 4,867 in 2012-13 to 17,771 in 2016-17, as per RTI data.
“We need to check where improvements are necessary and revise policies accordingly. I hope government officials will take this data into account for revising the policies,” said Milind Mhaske, project director, Praja foundation.
In the report, the NGO identified Andheri East, Kurla and Dahisar west areas being dengue hotspots. Their report analysis, however, revealed that areas like Andheri west, Govandi, Kandivili west and Mulund west had zero dengue cases.
Doctors and health officials of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) say Mumbaikars need to be proactive in help bring dengue cases in control. “We want Mumbaikars to be proactive and ensure there is no fresh stagnant water at their home and society. We have been trying our best in spreading awareness on how to stop mosquito breeding and take treatment at the earliest,” said a senior BMC health official.
The Aedes mosquitoes – carrier of dengue virus – breeding spots are being found in stagnant fresh water. Dengue is transmitted when a person is bitten by an Aedes mosquito infected with any one of the four dengue viruses.
“People should keep in mind that symptoms appear three to 14 days after the bite of the infected mosquito. Symptoms range from a mild fever to an incapacitating high fever, with severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, and rash. There are no specific antiviral medicines for dengue. It is important to maintain hydration. But prevention is better than cure. So, ensure your home, office and society has no dengue mosquito breeding spots,” said Dr Pratit Samdani, physician at Jaslok Hospital.