The monsoons continue to plague Mumbai. In August of this year, 132 cases of dengue were reported, up from the 10 cases recorded in the same period last year. Most of the cases have surfaced from stations B, F-South, and H-West. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has yet to determine the exact cause of the rise in cases.
Judging by BMC data, 790 cases of malaria were recorded in August, followed by 276 cases of gastroenteritis, 37 cases of leptospirosis, 35 cases of hepatitis and 17 cases of H1N1.
Senior Health Officer Dr. Mangala Gomare said that awareness campaigns were organized at all stations. In addition, activities such as daily disease monitoring, early detection and treatment as well as the implementation of immediate control measures were implemented. “We have directed all hospitals, pharmacies and health centers to increase their blood smear tests. They were also asked to do rapid antigen tests to rule out the possibility of Covid-19 and to treat those found positive, “said Dr. Gomare.
Another city commissioner, Suresh Kakani, said the BMC is on track to curb monsoons. “All the efforts made by the Health and Insecticide Department have produced good results. We also did sanitation and fumigation, ”he said.
Dr. Mala Kaneria, Consultant, Infectious Diseases Department, Jaslok Hospital and Research Center, believes the similarities between dengue and Covid-19 symptoms have resulted in delayed diagnosis in some cases. “So any fever that doesn’t go down within three days, especially if it’s associated with light bleeding, should be checked for dengue,” she said.
A senior health official said a sudden change in temperature makes the body vulnerable to certain diseases. A constant alternation between hot, humid and wet weather promotes the multiplication and thriving of microorganisms. “People should see a doctor immediately because the symptoms are almost the same for dengue, malaria, leptospirosis, gastroenteritis and chikungunya. You should take medication as prescribed by your doctor and not try home remedies, ”he added.
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Posted on Thursday September 02, 2021 12:10 AM IST