Deaths in the city from water-borne diseases — fever, malaria and gastroenteritis – during this monsoon are more than those recorded last year.
According to the civic body’s data, 41 people died of fever this year, compared to 18 in 2008. “There are eight deaths due to gastroenteritis — that’s five more than last year,” said Executive Health Officer Jairaj Thanekar. A total of 108 persons have died of other rain-related diseases like leptospirosis, dengue and malaria this year. Last year, that number was 78.
“Last year, 4.8 lakh blood samples were collected and 17,000 samples tested positive for malaria. This year we’ve collected 5.86 lakh samples, over 23,000 have tested positive,” Additional Municipal Commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar said.