Jailed NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal was admitted to JJ Hospital on Saturday evening after he was suspected to have contracted dengue .
Dr Tatyarao Lahane, dean of the JJ Hospital, said that Bhujbal had body pain, low platelet count and fever, hinting at possible dengue diagnosis.Sources in the Arthur Road Jail said that a team of doctors from JJ hospital visited Bhujbal after he showed symptoms of fever.
The team found that Bhujbal had viral fever and platelet count in his blood had dropped.“Since the symptoms are very similar to dengue, we have sent the blood samples for testing at JJ Hospital. The report is awaited,” said one of the doctors.
The NCP leader is lodged in the Arthur Road jail.
Slum dwellers outshine rich in preventing dengue
The slum dwellers of Mumbai are better informed about the ongoing dengue menace than their richer counterparts, data released by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) revealed. Inspection data collected from over 74 lakh homes, to locate mosquito breeding grounds, shows that while 1,828 mosquito breeding grounds were found in slum areas, the BMC issued notices to houses four times the number in non-slum areas.
There have been 1,513 confirmed cases of dengue this year, of which 122 cases were confirmed in September. The insecticide department of BMC has, since the onset of monsoon, been carrying out widespread inspections of homes to locate possible breeding grounds of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito. It that breeds in fresh water is a known carrier for viruses like dengue, chikunguniya, zika and yellow fever.
The recent data released by BMC shows that the officers of insecticide department inspected 74, 78, 556 houses between January and September to check the spread of dengue and malaria. The officials also surveyed 80,20,000 containers during the same period.
Rajan Naringrekar, BMC inspecticide officer said that they have issued notices to about 13,593 houses for failing during the inspection and legal process is underway in over 927 of the cases. “More than Rs 26 lakh was collected through penalties in the conviction cases,” said Naringrekar.
Speaking about the recent rainfall which may lead to a rise of the mosquito numbers, the officer said, “Residents should not store water for long. Water containers should be cleaned every week because the mosquito breeds in about eight days.”
Bollywood celebrities go through check-up
A number of homes of Bollywood celebrities were scanned during the drive but certain actors have refused entry to BMC officials. These include Shahrukh Khan and Sushmita Sen, claimed sources. Meawhile, actor Shahid Kapoor was issued a notice by BMC officials on September 16 after a mosquito breeding ground was found inside his swimming pool at Praneta apartments in Juhu.
With inputs from Sadaguru Pandit