13 dengue deaths in Maha last month, 9 in MMR alone

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com Faizan Haidar faizan.haider@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Of the 13 dengue-re­lated deaths in the state last month, nine were from the Mum­bai Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gion (MMR), the state’s lat­est health re­port said. Of these, five deaths were recorded in Kalyan-Dom­bivli — high­est among all civic re­gions in the state. Dr Smita Rode, chief health of­fi­cer, Kalyan-Dom­bivli Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (KDMC), how­ever, said the deaths have not been con­firmed. Two deaths each were re­ported in Mira-Bhayan­dar. and Mum­bai.

Dr Kan­chan Jag­tap, joint di­rec­tor of health ser­vices of the state, said a ma­jor­ity of cases have been re­ported in ur­ban ar­eas that are filled with con­struc­tion sites , cre­at­ing an ideal en­vi­ron­ment for mos­quito breed­ing. “There is no change in the vi­ro­log­i­cal pat­tern of dengue in the state. Civic is­sues are at the helm of it,” she said.

Doc­tors in Mum­bai said the num­bers of dengue deaths are lesser this year com­pared to last year, de­spite a surge in cases this year. Dr Anita Mathew, in­fec­tious dis­ease spe­cial­ist, LTMG Sion Hos­pi­tal, cited timely di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment as rea­sons for the drop. “This year, a lot of the dengue deaths have been a re­sult of co-mor­bidi­ties such hy­per­ten­sion and di­a­betes,” she said.

The city’s ex­ec­u­tive health of­fi­cer told HT that the num­ber of dengue cases is ex­pected to go down be­cause the mos­quito breed­ing sites have re­duced af­ter the mon­soon sea­son. How­ever, she cau­tioned that peo­ple in res­i­den­tial ar­eas must to care­ful about not al­low­ing stag­nant wa­ter to col­lect in­doors.

Peo­ple catch­ing flights from the New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port (IGIA) may soon have to pass through a full­body scan­ner, which is part of pend­ing ef­forts to up­grade se­cu­rity at the air­port that records 60,000 out-bound trav­el­ers a day.

The ma­chine, which pro­duces an X-ray im­age of a per­son, is a stan­dard se­cu­rity de­vice in many air­ports world­wide.

It has at­tracted crit­i­cism be­cause peo­ple are un­com­fort­able with the full-body im­age it pro­duces. Crit­ics say the scan in­fringed their pri­vacy.

Delhi air­port con­ducted a trial run of the ma­chine six years ago and is set to go for an­other round of tri­als at Ter­mi­nal 3, or T3, the new­est and big­gest of its two ter­mi­nals.

The Ger­man man­u­fac­tur­ers of the ma­chine have al­ready started in­stalling it at T3. Com­pany of­fi­cials will train Cen­tral In­dus­trial Se­cu­rity Force (CISF) per­son­nel, who guard the air­port, to use the scan­ner.

Sources al­layed fears about the ob­jec­tion­able im­ages the ma­chine can churn out, say­ing the snap­shots would look like man­nequins, in­stead of a graphic X-ray pic­ture.

The Bureau for Civil Avi­a­tion Se­cu­rity (BCAS) and other se­cu­rity agen­cies have set­tled for this par­tic­u­lar ma­chine be­cause it could be con­fig­ured to not re­veal im­ages of body parts, and it emits less harm­ful rays.

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