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Civic body to rope in ALMs,reach out to housing societies

With nearly 60 per cent of the 702 reported dengue cases in the city this year linked to middle and upper middle-class families,the focus is now on urban and semi-urban spaces.

Written by Express News Service | Published: October 24, 2012 12:50 am

With nearly 60 per cent of the 702 reported dengue cases in the city this year linked to middle and upper middle-class families,the focus is now on urban and semi-urban spaces. A day after BMC officials held a high-level meeting on tackling the dengue situation in the city,medical officers of the corporation have started a micro-mapping exercise.

For this,the BMC has tied up with the Advance Locality Management (ALMs). ALMs are groups of housing societies that take up civic issues in their wards.

“The action plan is to target the non-slum areas. Surveying of housing complexes and office buildings has begun and the necessary larvacide treatment and fumigation will be done,” said BMC epidemiologist Dr Mangala Gomare.

However,sources said the BMC officers out on inspection duty had faced problems with some residents of private housing complexes reluctant to allow such a survey. “To ensure that the work is hassle-free,we have tied up with ALMs to facilitate coordination between society residents and the BMC. In cases where there are no ALMs,we will work directly at the ward level. As this is being done for public interest,if there is opposition,higher authorities will step in,” Gomare said.

As per figures with the BMC,the South Mumbai region of Byculla reported 133 dengue cases,the maximum in the city this year. The second and third-highest cases have come from two posh areas,Parel and Prabhadevi. The maximum number of cases in the eastern suburbs was seen in Kurla and in the western suburbs in Bandra (E) and Santacruz (E).

“Dengue,unlike malaria,is caused by mosquitoes that breed in clean water. This could include office areas where we have begun using the disinfectant,Tamifos. We have also asked private practitioners to inform us of all positive cases which come to the,” said BMC executive health officer Dr Arun Bamne.

Meanwhile,the BMC has received the death certificate of filmmakerYash Chopra,who died of dengue on Sunday at Lilavati Hospital. Additional Municipal Commissioner Mohan Adhtani said the death certificate stated three causes: Dengue,sepsis pneumonia and multiple organ failure.”

“A panel of doctors will investigate the details of the report and determine the cause of his death,” Adhtani said.

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