Irregular rainfall and sporadic sunshine before and during Navratri have started having an effect on people’s health in the city. With more than 200 cases of malaria being registered in the first 12 days of October, the city’s health department has swung into action to combat the vector-borne diseases.
According to the health report of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s (AMC), there has been a rise in vector-borne diseases. Statistics showed that 213 cases of malaria were registered from October 1 to October 12 in the city. Also registered were 94 cases of Plasmodium Falciparum or malignant malaria, 32 of chikungunya and 106 cases of dengue in various hospitals of the city.
Against the figures of the first 12 days of October, the entire month of September recorded 1,199 cases of malaria, 434 Falciparum cases, 229 cases of chikungunya and 750 cases of dengue.
The city has witnessed 17 deaths on account of vector-borne diseases from January to October this year. Out of these, 15 were due to malaria and two on account of dengue.
The city has seen a rise in not just vector-borne diseases, but other illnesses, too. In all, 152 cases of gastroenteritis, 167 cases of jaundice and 56 cases of typhoid have been registered for the month of October. Against this, the city recorded 308 cases of gastroenteritis, 491 of jaundice, 187 of typhoid and five cases of cholera last month.
The AMC health department was concerned with the city receiving irregular rainfall thereby increasing chances of water stagnation leading to breeding of mosquitoes. “Starting October, we carried out chlorine tests in 17,739 households and collected 1,378 samples of drinking water to check for the possible presence of bacteria. Also, we checked out edibles sold by the food vendors and have so far destroyed 7,974 kg of adulterated or food unfit for consumption,” said Suhas Kulkarni, medical officer of health, AMC.