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HindustanTimes Sat,30 Aug 2014

Dengue in children in Mumbai on the rise: doctors

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, October 10, 2013
First Published: 09:52 IST(10/10/2013) | Last Updated: 09:56 IST(10/10/2013)

The civic body claims that two wards in the city are free of dengue, while the number of cases has come down to 10 in at least eight wards. However, city doctors say there has been a rise in the disease among children.

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Paediatricians say they treat three to four children every day. This year the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has recorded 615 dengue cases with six deaths.

If left untreated, dengue can lead to severe complications such as bleeding, drop in blood pressure, respiratory distress and dengue shock syndrome and even death in a few cases.

“We expect to see more cases in the next 15 to 20 days,” said Dr V Yewale, a paediatrician from Vashi.

“I am treating at least five dengue patients every day.”

“We are seeing children with rashes on their forearm and legs, which are typical symptoms of dengue. Fortunately, they are coming to us at the onset of the fever,” said Dr Sushant Mane from the paediatric medicine department of JJ hospital, Byculla. Currently, two children are admitted in the hospital for dengue treatment.

Dr Pratit Samdani, physician, Breach Candy Hospital, said, “We are treating a lot of teenagers with dengue. Most of them also have other family members who are suffering from the disease.”

Meanwhile, the civic body’s claims of less than 10 dengue patients in each ward were slammed in the standing committee meeting on Wednesday.

Asif Zakaria, a corporator from Bandra, said, “There are deaths reported around 50 cases of dengue reported in our ward, but the BMC says there are only five. The administration is misleading the people.”

The civic administration does not have a data of the number of cases reported in private hospitals.

“We will present a detailed report in the next meeting,” said Manisha Mhaiskar, additional municipal commissioner.

The BMC’s proposal to spend Rs3.33 lakh to put up 10 billboards at Marine Drive and Worli seaface for a month was shot down.

“The administration is taking little measures to control dengue, but wants to spend Rs3 lakh to create awareness in two areas,” said Shubha Raul, a committee member.


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