A 25-year-old pregnant woman, hailing from Kurla, lost her life to Hepatitis in July. She was taken to a private hospital after she experienced fever and uneasiness and the tests showed positive results for hepatitis. She was later shifted to a government hospital.
The reason for her death is mentioned as ‘sub massive hepatic necrosis with hepatic encephalopathy with hepatitis A and E’. In July, there were 134 cases of hepatitis reported in the city.
Hepatitis A and E remains a life threat for pregnant women. According to a report released by BMC’s health department, as many as 135 pregnant women lost their lives to due to Hepatitis A and E infection in the last three years.
In 2014-15, as many as 319 cases of maternal deaths were registered, of which 42 were due to hepatitis A and E. In 2015-16, there were 311 maternal deaths, out of which 44 were of hepatitis A & E. In 2016-17, until December 2016, we have registered 237 maternal deaths, of which 49 were due to hepatitis A and E.
Following her death, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has surveyed 350 homes and screened 1,680 people in the woman’s residential area. BMC also took action against the 23 roadside food vendors and five illegal shopkeepers on LBS Road in Kurla. In this action, 7kg sweets, around 58kg of inedible food items, 187 litre cold drinks, 325 kg ice and 3 kg rotten fruits were destroyed.