The assault of malaria has hit civic hospital staff as well.
About 62 paramedical staffers of Sion, KEM, Nair and Kasturba hospitals have taken ill in the last four days, after suffering from several monsoon illnesses, mainly malaria.
Several resident doctors, interns and medical students in civic hospitals have also fallen prey to malaria, hospital sources said.
More than 150 new malaria patients are admitted to the already short-staffed and overcrowded civic hospitals every day.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has now decided to fill 259 vacant posts at KEM, Sion
and Nair hospitals in the class IV workers (sweepers and ward boys) category by Saturday to manage the influx, sources said.
"Malaria is rampant among resident doctors and medical students. At least four to five doctors, students and interns are admitted to Nair Hospital for malaria at any given point in time," said a Nair Hospital doctor, requesting anonymity.
While KEM Hospital will fill 126 posts and Sion Hospital will fill 67 posts, Nair Hospital will fill 66 posts by Saturday, according to Pradeep Narkar, head of the Municipal Mazdoor Union.
"Staff in all civic hospitals is under tremendous pressure now with so many malaria cases. Maintaining hygiene and cleanliness is top priority. So we will first fill the vacant sweepers' posts in hospitals," Narkar said.
"About 22 workers from Sion Hospital, 17 from Nair Hospital, 15 from Kasturba and
eight from KEM Hospital have been admitted for malaria, fever and other ailments in the last four days or so," Narkar added.
Dr R.V. Rananavare, dean, Nair Hospital, said, "Every single worker counts, especially when our hospital is getting so many monsoon illness cases every day. Filling up 67 sweeper posts at Nair hospital will help ease the pressure a great deal."