40 malaria deaths in Mumbai in seven months

As many as 40 persons died due to malaria in the city since January this year, a top civic official said today.

Last Updated: Jul 29, 2010, 22:09 PM IST

Mumbai: As many as 40 persons died due to
malaria in the city since January this year, a top civic
official said today.

"As many as 40 persons have died in Mumbai due to malaria
since January. Altogether 5,36,210 blood samples were taken of
which 34,712 tested positive. Altogether 10,048 persons were
admitted to various hospitals for malaria treatment since
January," Additional Municipal Commissioner A K Singh said.

"90 per cent patients were slum dwellers, four per cent
middle class people, three per cent from construction sites,
1.5 per cent each from affluent class and others," Singh said.

Meanwhile, corporators in the general body meeting of the
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) demanded that malaria
epidemic be declared in Mumbai.

BJP corporator Yogesh Sagar said, "The city must be
declared an epidemic of malaria. BMC must make an action plan
to prevent the cases. It must keep an eye on MMRDA, SRA and
private builders over breeding of mosquito."

Leader of Opposition, Rajhans Singh, who raised the point
of order said, "Of the total rain-related disease, 57 cases
are of malaria. BMC has failed miserably."

Leader of House, Sunil Prabhu said, "BMC is not doing
enough to curb the malaria menace."

PTI