What measures is the BMC putting in place to prevent monsoon diseases this year?
The BMC has taken several steps, including fogging, awareness campaigns and chemical treatment of mosquito breeding sites. We have also prepared a set of standard operating procedures, and are coordinating with various government agencies and regulating construction sites so that mosquito breeding on these premises can be arrested.
Are municipal hospitals also preparing to deal with the monsoon rush of patients?
Every monsoon, municipal hospitals see a 25 per cent rise in number of patients. To accommodate them, Mumbai’s three major hospitals — KEM, Nair and Sion — will add a total of 250 beds; patient capacity in peripheral hospitals is also being increased. We plan to have evening out-patient departments in civic dispensaries as well.
What is your advice to Mumbaiites this monsoon?
Don’t ignore a fever, cold or cough; seek treatment immediately. Please do not self-medicate. Refresh all stored water at least once a week, thoroughly cleaning the vessels in order to break the mosquito