The deaths due to dengue in Mumbai have increased by 100 per cent in last five years, data from NGO Praja Foundation showed. In 2011-2012, there were 62 deaths reported due to dengue or suspected dengue infection which touched 124 in 2015-2016.
The government figures however differ. According to the Directorate of Health Services, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation had recorded only 12 deaths in 2015 due to dengue. Across the state, 126 people have been recorded dead due to the mosquito-borne disease.
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This year, so far, the cases of the viral infection have already crossed 3,000. “The maximum cases were reported from K West ward (Andheri West) and the most affected were people aged between 20 to 39,” said Praja project director Milind Mhaske.
In the last five years, RTI data showed that there were 69 dengue deaths reported from dispensaries and government hospitals in Andheri West where mosquitoes breeding sites are majorly found in residential areas.
“The data reflects only government institutions. Data from private sector will escalate the dengue figures much higher in the city,” said Nitai Mehta, founder trustee of Praja.
A ward-wise survey of the NGO also showed Ward A (Colaba), Ward M East (Govandi) and G North (Matunga) have the highest incidences of dengue infection in the city.
The most worrisome are the deaths of younger people due to the infection.
About 130 people aged between 20 and 39 have succumbed to dengue virus from 2011 to 2015.