Marathi film director Deepak Kadam, 33, has been admitted to Criticare Hospital, Andheri (West ), for treatment of dengue. Last month, actor Rishi Kapoor was admitted to suburban Lilavati Hospital for the mosquito-borne viral infection.
According to a doctor from Criticare Hospital, Kadam was admitted on November 8 with a low platelet count and fever.
“He tested positive for the NS1 antigen test conducted on him. He is on supportive treatment and his condition is improving,” said the doctor.
Kadam has directed movies such as Waakya, Laxmi Tuzyavina, Mee Ek Saudamini and Eka Lagnachi Gost and is also a theatre actor and producer.
On Monday, his platelet count, which had fallen rapidly after contracting dengue, had reached 1.2 lakh. “This is closer to the normal range, though he needs to improve his platelet count further,” the doctor added.
While Kadam’s officer is located in Andheri, his residence is on Juhu Tara Road where the civic body has been facing stiff resistance from societies for inspecting mosquito breeding sites. “The general perception amongst Juhu residents is that their surroundings are already clean.
On several occasions, our staffers have been denied entry in the housing societies. How can they clear breeding sites if they are not allowed inside?” Dr Rajan Naringrekar, insecticide officer, BMC, said.
According to him, local corporators are now sensitizing residents about mosquito breeding. An inspection in the director’s house and office is however pending. “I will send a team to both the office and the residence to check if there was any mosquito breeding,” said Naringrekar. The BMC has reported nearly 4,000 suspected dengue cases in the city in October alone.