Mumbai: Eight citizens have died in August, this year, in separate incidents of monsoon-related waterborne diseases. According to the civic public health department, two citizens, including a three-year-old baby, died of malaria, three died of dengue, while three, including a seven-year-old, succumbed to leptospirosis. BMC’s public health department issued a report on these deaths on Friday.
It has taken the loss of eight precious lives to rouse the health department into action in all the 24 wards. Speaking of the precautions taken to prevent malaria, a senior health official said, “At least 3,384 houses were surveyed in the past month. After this, we conducted fogging on 389 premises and nearly 3,454 containers were treated with ‘Abate’ spraying.”
Of the eight deaths due to monsoon-related waterborne disease, three occurred in Govandi. A three-year-old girl died of malaria, while a 35-year-old and seven-year-old died of leptospirosis, the report reveals. Of the three dengue death cases, two patients showed dengue shock syndrome with multi-organ dysfunction.