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Dengue cases in high-rises galvanise Mumbai residents

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Builders, NGOs join the civic body in fumigation campaign

The increasing number of dengue cases has made Mumbaikars press the alarm button. With the civic administration’s latest survey revealing that more than 50 per cent cases are in high-rises and posh societies, residents have started coming together to control mosquito growth in their area.

In October alone, 962 suspected dengue cases were reported by major private hospitals in the city. Within a week in November, civic officials reported 204 confirmed cases. Five persons succumbed to the mosquito-borne viral infection in one week now.

The death of Jyoti Dalvi (43) a few days ago jolted Dosti Society. On Friday, civic staff led by local corporator Trushna Vishwasrao fumigated the entire society area.

“She was a mother of two small children. She was a very dear friend. Her death has come as a shock to all of us. She ignored her fever for four days. After inspection, we have found that there was water accumulation beneath her building’s lift. That stagnant water was the breeding ground for dengue mosquitoes,” Ms Vishwasrao said.

At least two dengue cases were detected in the Dosti housing complex, which has 15 high-rises and over 1,200 flats. Friends of Wadala East, an NGO working in the area, has joined hands with builder Dosti Realty to undertake a fumigation campaign on Sunday.

“There has been a lot of awareness about dengue in the recent past. We have also been reading about many media reports explaining the dos and don’ts to prevent the disease. The dengue mosquitoes breed in stagnant fresh water. We observed that lot of water in the parking areas remains stagnant. Typically, after the vehicles are washed, water does not evaporate. Such water has become a threat. So we have organised this drive to fumigate specifically parking lots,” Vipul Bondal, trustee of Friends of Wadala East.

Dosti Realty bought a private set for fumigating the entire area.

“We have kept this massive campaign on for the past two months. When the initial few cases were detected in the area, we immediately put our act together. We bought our own pump, medicines. We ensured that apart from the housing societies, even the labour camps are sanitised regularly. Ultimately, this is a matter of self-discipline,” Kartik Himmatlal Goradia, Project Manager, Dosti Realty, said.

The civic officials said that their screening procedure too is elaborate, especially after a dengue patient is detected in a particular community. “Whenever we come to know of a dengue case in a house, we screen the surrounding 500-metre area. We also search 500 houses in the area for any breeding ground,” Dr Mangala Gomare, Deputy Executive Health Officer, Epidemiology department of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, said.

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