As one more Mumbaiite succumbed to malaria on Wednesday – a 25-year-old Saki Naka resident – and the city's malaria toll in August touched 15, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) started working with Advanced Locality Managements (ALMs) to create awareness about the disease.
The BMC's health officials from the H-west ward (Bandra, Khar and Santacruz) met members of 50 ALMs to create awareness about controlling mosquito breeding and treatment for malaria. “We have issued guidelines to all ward officers to involve NGOs, ALMs and corporators and talk to them about malaria-control measures so that citizens are equipped to fight the disease,” said Manisha Mhaiskar, additional municipal commissioner (health).
At the meeting, pest control officers and a doctor from KEM Hospital spoke to ALM representatives about the correct water storage methods emphasised the importance of completing the 14-day medicine course for malaria.
“This is the best we can do to ensure people's participation in controlling malaria,” said Manik Kshirsagar, ward officer, H-west ward.