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Friday, September 3, 2010

India : Diseases in Mumbai jumpes three-fold in August

Via DNA India :

" Malaria became deadlier in August, a lot deadlier. Despite the slew of measures taken by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and other civic agencies to counter the disease, a near three-fold jump in malaria deaths was recorded in August.

According to statistics provided by the public health department in the BMC, 47 people died of malaria in August this year. The toll was 18 in July.

Even as the department insisted that there had been a decline in the overall number of people who tested positive for the disease — from 17,000 in July to 15,000-odd in August — there was a nearly 37% rise in the number of admissions to public hospitals on account of the disease.
In August, 5,392 malaria patients were admitted to hospitals. The figure was 3,949 in July. "


  1. It is important to point out here that seasonally August is the month in which most cases of Malaria are reported in Mumbai. Look up reports for previous years and you will see the same. Comparisons, if any should be made with August month in previous years and not a previous month (july) of the same year to give a better picture.
    Secondly, and more importantly, the number of malaria cases in 2010 have been significantly higher than 2009 in many countries around the world and is being ascribed to a periodic weather pattern every 4-5 years. Increase in Mumbai can be ascribed to the same.
    However, construction work in Mumbai is the reason behind this increase and the health dept has little jurisdiction over that.

  2. Thanks a million for the information Prabhjot, little sad to know the reason behind the increase in Mumbai and why the health dept. is not doing anything.