Dengue claims fourth life in city

BMC blames Shastri Nagar residents for rise in cases in area

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: September 4, 2013 1:33:16 am

Shastri Nagar in Goregaon (West),which has reported almost half the cases of dengue in the city since the onset of monsoon,recorded its first death from the disease early Tuesday. This is the fourth dengue death in the city.

A team from the BMC inspected the area later in the day. Placing the blame on residents,BMC officials claimed it had found breeding spots in flats. The BMC dismissed the high dengue figures for the area,and said there were only seven cases reported there. Civic officials said six patients had undergone the rapid test,which is not considered completely authentic,and one had undergone ELISA test. ELISA is considered the confirmatory test for dengue by the BMC.

Chhaya Rajendra Naik,47,a resident of a building near Shastri Nagar,was admitted in the emergency ward of Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital on Sunday. “She had high fever for 3-4 days. We consulted a private doctor,but when there was no improvement,she was referred to Ambani hospital,” said Jagdish Naik,her brother-in-law.

Chhaya,an employee of a pharmaceutical firm,was shifted to the ICU Monday. Naik said she had also contracted leptospirosis,which led to multiple organ failure.

Dr Ram Narain,executive director of the hospital,confirmed that the cause of death was dengue shock syndrome. BMC’s deputy executive health officer,Dr Mangala Gomare,said the patient had undergone the rapid test for dengue.

“A team comprising Dr Arun Bamne (executive health officer),Dr Gomare and Dr Seema Malik was sent for inspection. They found 12 breeding spots at residents’ flats. It is not possible to keep every house clean. That is the residents’ responsibility,” said Manisha Mhaiskar,additional municipal commissioner.

Residents said the BMC fumigated the locality. “However,it was done after a long time,” said Vedant Raut (25),a resident.

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