The count of non-communicable diseases is steadily surging across Mumbai with hypertension claiming 5,055 and diabetes 2,472 lives in just public hospitals in 2014-2015, says data issued by NGO Praja Foundation. Across the city, the civic health department recorded 38,670 cases of hypertension in 2014-2015, a marked increase from 25,518 cases in public hospitals and dispensaries in 2011-2012. The data is indicative of the larger pool of cases diagnosed in private centres but left unreported. Diabetes was reported in 48,710 people in 2014-2015.
“Only 32 per cent population accesses public health care. The figures of public and private centres combined will soar much higher,” said Praja director Milind Mhaske. According to civic officials, the high number of cases are because diagnostic techniques have improved over the years. “We are monitoring and putting every case on treatment. But we still need to screen the entire population. Right now, only those visiting dispensaries, camps or hospitals are screened,” said a senior official.
There is, however, relief in other ailments. The cases of cholera have dipped from 236 to 31 from 2010 to 2015. And that of typhoid have fallen from 6,641 to 4,938 in the same period.