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HindustanTimes Sun,23 Nov 2014

Alarming rise in dengue cases in Mumbai, says report by NGO

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, July 30, 2013
First Published: 08:53 IST(30/7/2013) | Last Updated: 08:57 IST(30/7/2013)

There has been a 600% increase in the number of dengue cases in the city over five years,a report released by Praja Foundation, a not-for-profit, has stated.

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The report, called State of Health of Mumbai, says that while dengue continues to plague Mumbaiites, malaria cases are down from 78,449 in 2010-11 to 21,939 in 2012-13.

It claims to have compiled the data through RTI applications and a citizen survey.

Interestingly, instances of both the vector-borne malaria and dengue were found to be higher in upper-class areas, the survey the NGO conducted between April and May this year found.

About 24, 800 households were part of the survey, and respondents were divided on the basis of socio-economic class.

The highest strata was found to have 139 malaria cases per 1,000 households, whereas the lowest socioeconomic class had 44.

Dengue too was found to be higher in upper-class areas.

The survey also revealed that only 31% of Mumbaites use government dispensaries and hospitals.

“About 62% of the population depends only on private hospitals and 7% use both private and government health care services,” said Bhavesh Mansinghani, research director, Hansa Research,which collected the data for Praja.

The civic body, however, has questioned the authenticity of their figures.

“In 2011 and 2012, the BMC had written to the organisation to substantiate the data, but they did not. We will ask them to do so this year too,” said Manisha Mhaiskar, additional municipal commissioner, BMC.


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