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Call 108 for queries on malaria: BMC

mumbai Updated: Aug 04, 2010 01:29 IST
HT Correspondent
mumbai

For any malaria-related complaints and queries, you can now call on the civic toll-free helpline - 108.

This helpline number was used during the swine flu wave last year. In a meeting called by Municipal Commissioner Swadheen Kshatriya, he directed all ward officers to undertake cleanliness drives in their areas to reduce the spread of the disease.

In the last three days, more than 540 malaria patients have been admitted to civic hospitals, and three deaths reported.

The Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI), in a meeting with the civic administration, agreed to help bring the breeding of mosquito larvae under control at construction sites.

The MCHI said it would direct all its members to appoint a local doctor for one hour every day to screen labourers.

The BMC has attributed the increase of malaria cases in the city to the rise in construction activity, as these sites have stagnant water where larvae breed.

There are more than 2,500 construction sites across the city.

"They have also agreed to provide mosquito nets to construction labourers and also in slums," said a civic official, requesting anonymity.

The BMC has also set up a 120-bed unit to accommodate the patients who could not be accommodated at the three major civic hospitals — Nair, Sion and KEM.

"The capacity of this unit will be increased from 120 to 200, if required," said Additional Municipal Commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar.

Mayor Shraddha Jadhav said she would appeal to various NGOs and corporate house to donate mosquito nets.

"We will set up centres across the city, where regular nets will be chemically treated to further reduce the risk of contracting the disease," said Mhaiskar.

A team from the centre will train the civic workers on how to chemically treat these nets.