Mumbai: July has seen almost three-fold rise
in malaria cases in the city compared to the corresponding
period last year.
According to the data available with the local civic
body, in July alone, 12,000 people tested positive from the 1
lakh slides taken in house-to-house surveys. Last year, during
the same period, there were 4,380 positive cases.
Altogether 33 per cent of the positive cases are reported
from Sewri, Mahalaxmi, Byculla, Chembur and Ghatkopar, while
25 per cent cases are from Reay Road, Mahim Causeway, Dharavi,
Santacruz and Vikhroli areas.
"Every year, we test about 50,000 blood smear slides per
month. This July, we have already tested one lakh. Besides
construction activity, the heavy downpour this month is also a
reason for the surge in malaria cases," Additional Municipal
Commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar said.
July has been one of the wettest months in five years and
this has led to increased incidence of monsoon-related
ailments, Mhaiskar said.
Dr Hemant Thacker, who consults in Bhatia, Breach Candy,
Jaslok and Saifee Hospitals, said, "private hospitals seem to
have no vacant beds for new arrivals. Patients are just
pouring in. The problem is that with hospitals full of people
suffering from monsoon diseases, there is no space left for
those suffering from other ailments."