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5 malaria deaths in last five days

A 33-year-old man from Parel died of malaria on Thursday and a 35-year-old man from Chembur died of leptospirosis on Tuesday. Public hospitals tested 170 more people positive for malaria on Friday.

mumbai Updated: Jul 31, 2010 01:53 IST
HT Correspondent

A 33-year-old man from Parel died of malaria on Thursday and a 35-year-old man from Chembur died of leptospirosis on Tuesday. Public hospitals tested 170 more people positive for malaria on Friday.

Eighteen people have died of malaria in July. Public hospitals in the city have recorded one malaria death for five consecutive days — from July 26 to 30.

Twenty more people, including 12 children, tested positive for swine flu on Friday, taking the total number of H1N1 cases this month to 440. While eight of these patients are admitted to hospitals, the rest have been quarantined at home.

Among other rain-related illnesses, public hospitals have recorded 340 cases of fever, 68 cases of gastroenteritis, one case of leptospirosis and nine cases of dengue.

Meanwhile, the two-member expert committee from the National Institute of Malaria Research, who had visited the city, suggested a four-point intervention plan to the BMC.

One of the suggestions was to fix health mandate on builders of construction sites with more than 200 labourers.

"Check-ups of these workers should done every day and records maintained," said a civic official.

The BMC will set up centres to treat mosquito nets in all seven high-risk wards — F-South ward (Sewri), G-South ward (Mahalaxmi and Byculla), L ward (Chembur, Kurla), E ward (Reay Road), G-North ward (Mahim Causeway and Dharavi), K-East ward (Airport, Santacruz) and N ward (Ghatkopar, Vikhroli).

"Treated mosquito nets help reduce chances of contracting malaria by 70 per cent," said Additional Municipal Commi-ssioner Manisha Mhaiskar.

The panel pointed out that the storm water drains should be fumigated.

"Most of the drains have been closed for the last three years, so we will have to work out how fogging can be done," added Mhaiskar.