The city’s municipal corporation has sought medical reports of filmmaker Yash Chopra who died of dengue on Sunday to ascertain whether Chopra had contracted dengue in the city or while holidaying in Kashmir. A senior official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Chopra was in Kashmir before he was admitted to Lilavati hospital in Bandra.
“We’re not sure whether the dengue-causing mosquito bit him here or in Kashmir,” said the official.
A civic health team, said the official, will scrutinise Chopra’s reports at the time of his admission and it could throw light on whether he had dengue during the initial period of hospitalisation. “This could indicate the possibility that he had dengue in the early days,” said the official.
Additional municipal commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar claimed that the number of mosquito-breeding spots in the city has decreased, and consequently the number of patients has also gone down. So far, the city has seen four dengue deaths and the number of patients being treated at civic hospitals is 702.
The civic body attributes dengue deaths to the changing climate pattern – monsoon withdrawal coupled with October heat. Civic health department officials claimed that dengue mosquitoes are day-biters and hence the people affected are, by far, those bitten at the workplace. Mhaiskar said this calls for control measures at the workplace. “Housekeeping staff at offices and factories in the city will be roped in when civic staff go to check for mosquito-breeding. If we find dengue-causing mosquito or its larvae, we will warn them of dire consequences if rules are not followed,” said Mhaiskar.
“Dengue mosquitoes find favourable breeding climate during this period. Dengue cases have risen all over the country, not Mumbai alone,” said civic executive health officer Dr Arun Bamne.
The civic bod y will start tracking dengue cases at the ward level, through its health officials, and seek information from general practitioners from Tuesday. The municipal corporation Act mandates that private practitioners and hospitals submit information to civic wards.