Malaria cases dive by 90% in mosquito hotbeds: BMC – The Times of IndiaPosted: July 26, 2012
The BMC [City Government of Mumbai] has been following concentrated vector-control activities in these areas, apart from taking other precautionary measures. “These are areas with a large number of non-BMC properties. We have been holding mosquito-abetment meetings with the other property-holders. They have also cooperated to bring vector- breeding sites under control,” said Mhaiskar.
Overall, too, the city has been seeing a downward trend when it comes to malaria. Between the months of January and June over the years, 20,000 malaria cases were recorded in 2010; 24,000 in 2011; and 8,000 this year. July figures are even better, with 3,369 Mumbaikars testing positive for malaria in July 2011, and 949 till July 23 this year. Overall, the city has seen a 60% drop in malaria cases. But in certain wards, the drop is substantial — between 90% and 95%.
“We have been following micro-mapping even within the wards. For instance, wherever we found a spike in the number of cases that were seen in a particular slum or a building, we would focus on that area, conduct vector-control drives and make sure that no collection of water was allowed,” said Mhaiskar.
According to Mhaiskar, the parasitic load of malaria has decreased as well.