A day after the death of noted film producer-director Yash Chopra on Sunday after he contracted dengue, the civic body on Monday announced its decision to undertake inspection of workplaces, including government offices. Civic sources said breeding sites of aedes mosquito were traced in Chopra's Andheri office.
In the next few weeks, the civic body will issue orders for preventive measures that should be undertaken at workplaces.
"We will be forced to take strict action against offices that don't comply" said Manisha Mhaiskar, additional municipal commissioner, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). According to experts, office premises make for breeding grounds for aedes mosquitoes. The aedes mosquito breeds in smaller sites such as small containers, disposable glasses, broken cups, tarpaulin tops, coconut shells, water collected near air-conditioning ducts, flower pot plates, money plants among others. "There should be a concerted door-to-door drive on part of the civic body to ensure that dengue doesn't rise further," said Ashwani Kumar, deputy director, National Institute of Malaria Research, Goa. "Bodies such as Indian Railways can have control measures in railway yards, and workshops where lots of odd objects such as tyres and chassis are seen lying around."
Kumar attributed the rise in dengue all over India to late and extended monsoon. "Dengue peaks post monsoon up to November," he said.
Mhaiskar said that the BMC has chalked out a strategy to deal with the spread of dengue in the city. "Relatives of patients suffering from dengue will undergo blood test. Special medical camps will be organised for dengue," she said. Meanwhile, a detailed report from Lilavati hospital, Bandra, on Chopra's death has been called by the BMC. "Whether dengue was the reason for his death will be cleared after the report," said Mhaiskar.