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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

India : 12,000 cases and counting - State takes on malaria

Via Times of India :

" MUMBAI: Alarmed over the rising cases of malaria in the city, the state government on Tuesday held a meeting to curb the mosquito menace ahead of the monsoon season. "Last year, cases of malaria were on the rise for various reasons. To avoid their recurrence, authorities have been directed to take stock of the situation and take appropriate measures to control the menace," said Suresh Shetty, public health minister. The meeting held by Shetty was attended by health secretary Bhushan Gagrani, additional municipal commissioner (health) Manisha Mhaiskar-Patankar and other BMC and Mantralaya officials.

TOI recently reported that according to BMC reports, in the past three months alone the city recorded more than 12,000 malaria cases and eight deaths, thus earning Mumbai the dubious distinction of 'malaria capital'.

"Developers and builders have been asked to conduct proper fogging activities and ensure that the sites do not turn into mosquito breeding grounds. Also, civic officials have been asked to keep a close watch on areas where construction activity are on, on a large scale," said Mhaiskar-Patankar."

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