BMC yet to get reports of dengue’s latest casualty

Written By Unknown on Jumat, 07 November 2014 | 22.23

MUMBAI: ManasviMangeshDevrukhakar, the three-year-old girl from Andheri, who died of dengue on Thursday, is yet to be confirmed as the city's latest dengue victim by the BMC.

She was taken to Holy Spirit Hospital on Wednesday and immediately transferred to the pediatric ICU. However, she passed away on Thursday afternoon. Tests done in the PICU established the dengue diagnosis, which was conveyed to the local BMC office late in the evening. However, BMC epidemiology officer Dr Mangala Gomare said her office had not received any report from the hospital despite personally calling up for information.

BMC's doctors say that dengue's sting has been worse this year because of the delayed winter—the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes do not breed or fare too well in cooler climates. This, combined with the fact that people allow fresh water accumulation, which helps these mosquitoes breed, has lengthened dengue's assault on Mumbai. BMC's ward offices are carrying out awareness programmes and holding rallies asking people to be aware about breeding in their potted and feng shui plants and balconies. In fact, a BMC survey of seven lakh houses each month has revealed 51% of the breeding spots are located in high rises, 10% in slums and remaining in slum-like or chawls.

On October 27, KEM Hospital resident doctor Shruti Khobragade died in Hinduja Hospital, while a civic official's husband, S Gaikwad, died in Nair Hospital on November 1. Shubham Tiwari (20) and new mother Nisha Chavan (26) passed away in KEM Hospital, Parel, and Dalvie Hospital, Peddar Road on Sunday and Monday respectively. Meanwhile, seven resident doctors from KEM Hospital who have been living on the campus have been hospitalized with the disease. One, Dr Vruj Dhruve, was transferred to Hinduja Hospital.

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