Mumbai: Despite complaints about the mosquito breeding sites found on the terrace of the King Edward Memorial (KEM) nurses’ quarters, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has failed to take any action. Residents said two months ago they had complained about one malaria and two dengue-breeding sites. These sites were found under the saplings planted on the terrace of the nurses’ quarters, as a result of which two-three people came down with malaria and dengue.
“Some residents have planted saplings in plastic and mud containers, which they water every day. The water pooling under the containers leads to mosquito breeding and spreading diseases like malaria and dengue,” said Prashant Dhagavkar, one of the residents. Several complaints had been made to the executive health official in September 2018, seeking action and the removal of the saplings from the terrace, to no avail.
On September 25, Shashikala Harshe from the Bhoiwada health post visited to check whether patients had completed the 14-day course of medicine and she had then inspected the building terrace and clicked pictures of the mosquito breeding sites under the sapling containers. Repeated calls and messages to civic health officials failed to elicit response.
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