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