MUMBAI: Over 60% of dengue cases this year have emerged from the affluent pockets of the city. After lying dormant through June and July, dengue saw a sharp increase in September and October, affecting hundreds and claiming five lives.
A BMC review has found that Nepean Sea Road, Girgaum, Peddar Road, Malabar Hill and adjoining areas in south Mumbai, Byculla and Mazgaon in south central and Dadar and Prabhadevi from central Mumbai have been the dengue hotbeds. In suburbs, most of the cases have been reported from Bandra (east and west), Khar (W) and posh pockets of Goregaon.
“A majority of cases this year have come from posh areas. This is becoming a trend every year. Slums areas are not reporting that much of dengue,” said Dr Mangala Gomare, BMC’s epidemiologist. Incidentally, these are also areas where the civic body faces maximum resistance to enter the premises and carry out vector control activities.
According to BMC data, around 86 people have been treated for dengue since the beginning of this month and 318 since August in the civic hospitals. The numbers are not a real indicator as private hospitals have treated many more. For instance, Bombay Hospital alone has treated 111 people for dengue since August. Bhatia Hospital has treated nearly 165 patients and Jaslok Hospital around 73 cases. “Currently, we have three dengue patients,” said Dr Tarang Gianchandani, CEO, Jaslok Hospital.
Estimates suggest that nearly 400 people have been treated for dengue in the past 30 days in south Mumbai. “Seven out of 10 patients have dengue. They come with falling platelet and while blood cell count that has to be immediately arrested. We are treating most patients without admitting them. But follow-ups are a must,” said Dr Khushrav Bhajan, intensivist at PD Hinduja Hospital. Dr Vijay Nandu, physician at Bhatia Hospital, also said most patients need close observation.