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Shastri Nagar emerges as dengue den,reports almost half the cases in city

In just two months,55 cases of dengue have been reported from Shastri Nagar in Goregaon West has reported.

Written by Tabassum Barnagarwala | Mumbai | Published: September 3, 2013 1:25:43 am

In just two months,55 cases of dengue have been reported from Shastri Nagar in Goregaon West has reported. This is almost half the number of dengue cases the city has recorded since the onset of monsoon. On Monday alone,six cases of dengue were reported from here.

Over a month ago,26-year-old Tanmay Karnik,a resident of Shastri Nagar,was admitted at Suvidha Hospital for dengue. He was the first victim of the disease in his locality. Several other residents of the colony reported positive for dengue later. In addition,the area has been witness to two cases of leptospirosis and four cases of malaria.

Shastri Nagar consists of 26 buildings with more than 4,000 residents. Currently,there are 10 dengue patients admitted at Kapadia Hospital,seven in Siddharth Hospital,two in Bhagwati,two in Jain,and 14 in Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.

Dhawal Shah,30,a resident of Shashtri Nagar,said,“We hear about three to four new cases every day. With a lot of construction going on near-by,water accumulates on the roadside. This is one of the reasons for mosquitoes breeding.”

NCP member Sukhdeo Karande said,“Right behind the colony,there are two slums,Laxmi Nagar and Bhagat Singh Nagar. These also contribute to breeding of mosquitoes.”

The pumping station in the area is old and does not function properly. “Water in drains cannot be washed out if pumping is not powerful,” he said.

Chief Medical Officer in Siddharth Hospital,Dr Avinash Sankhe,said,“Mosquito eggs are washed away in running water. However,that colony has several spots with stagnant water. This makes it easy for mosquitoes to multiply.”

Last year,the civic health department reported 16,086 dengue cases in the city. This year,there have been 381 cases,with 120 since the onset of monsoon. Of the 120 cases,almost 50 per cent are from Shastri Nagar.

Additional municipal commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar said,“We had inspected a building in Shastri Nagar,and breeding spots were found inside flats. If there is a serious rise in cases,then another survey will be done soon.”

The ‘Dengue Proof Your Home’ campaign,which started in P South ward (Goregaon),had detected 67 breeding spots in the ward,including Shastri Nagar. The locality has an open drainage line running around a centrally-located ground. Residents complain that the line is seldom cleaned and has not been covered despite repeated requests to BMC.

“I have complained so many times about the smell and dirt,but till now no action has been taken,” said Avisha Kulkarni,whose office is in Shastri Nagar.

S Philip,50,who is recuperating from dengue in Kapadia hospital,said,“Four people in my building have contracted dengue. I am the fifth.”

According to BMC’s Environmental Status Report,the P South ward reported highest water contamination — 26 per cent — in 2012.

This year,of the 812 spots that were checked,54 had water unfit for drinking and six had traces of E coli. In July,13 samples were found unfit for drinking,as per the data provided by the ward’s water department.

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