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Senior civic official dies of dengue days after being admitted to hospital in Mumbai suburb

The woman’s death has prompted the KDMC’s health department to check whether there are mosquito breeding spots in the civic body’s headquarters

mumbai Updated: Sep 24, 2017 00:37 IST
Sajana Nambiar
Last year, two Ambernath residents were suspected to have died of dengue. The civic body, however, confirmed that only one succumbed to the mosquito-borne viral disease.
Last year, two Ambernath residents were suspected to have died of dengue. The civic body, however, confirmed that only one succumbed to the mosquito-borne viral disease.(HT File)

A 53-year-old senior officer of the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation’s (KDMC) accounts department is suspected to succumbed to dengue on Friday night, making it the first such case in Ambernath this year.

Shweta Singhasane, a resident of Shivaji Nagar in Ambernath was admitted to a private hospital in Kalyan on Wednesday after a severe illness. Sources said she had consulted a doctor in Ambernath a few days ago.

“We have collected Singhasane’s medical reports and will form a committee to determine if she succumbed to dengue. If so, this is the first such incident this year,” said Asha Raibole, medical officer, Ambernath Municipal Corporation (AMC).

Last year, two Ambernath residents were suspected to have died of dengue. The civic body, however, confirmed that only one succumbed to the mosquito-borne viral disease.

“I have asked the officers to visit the area and take steps to curb mosquito breeding. I have also asked them raise awareness about dengue among residents,” she added.

Singhasane’s death has prompted the KDMC’s health department to check whether there are mosquito breeding spots in the civic body’s headquarters. “I have instructed the chief medical officer to inform the Ambernath medical officer to take action. She has also inspected the accounts department’s office to rule out the possibility of Singhasane having been bitten there,” said P Velarasu, KDMC commissioner.

Smita Rode,chief medical officer, KDMC, said there were no larvae or mosquitoes at Singhasane’s office.

In March 2016, four-year-old Nishant Vijay Brahmane from Sagarli in Dombivli died of dengue. Following this, the health department deployed teams to inspect the area.

Residents had complained that water logging and haphazardly dumped waste were contributing to the breeding of mosquitoes.