Dengue, malaria cases on the rise with steady advance of monsoon in city

The city has already witnessed a suspected dengue death on August 4

| Mumbai | Published: August 13, 2014 1:12 am

The count of vector-borne dengue and malaria cases are noticing a steady rise with constant showers of monsoon in the city. In the first week of August, 18 dengue and 235 malaria cases were reported, a slight hike from seven dengue and 123 malaria cases reported by the civic health department in July first week this year.

Meanwhile, there were 1,733 fever cases, 292 gastroenteritis, 35 typhoid and 39 hepatitis, four leptospirosis and one cholera cases recorded in the city in the first week of August. The BMC has secured over 3,200 beds in its hospitals for patients suffering from Monsoon-related ailments. A daily monitoring of these beds is done to keep an account of ailments in the city in  public hospitals.

The medical superintendent of Jogeshwari based Trauma care hospital, Dr Shashikant Wadekar, said, “Each hospital is supposed to display the various ailments for which patients are admitted with them. The health department then gathers the data. Daily monitoring also helps in proper treatment and support to these patients.”

BMC is also holding monsoon camps in residential areas, societies and slums for screening patients for fever, tuberculosis and infections. According to deputy executive health officer, Dr Mangala Gomare, the civic body has conducted 28 monsoon camps so far since the onset of the monsoon in June.

The city has already witnessed a suspected dengue death on August 4 after a 34-year-old Malad resident succumbed to the disease in the civic-run Nair hospital.

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