The tragic demise of filmmaker Yash Chopra due to dengue may cause panic among Mumbaikars, especially among the affluent classes.
“The Chopras must have opted for the best treatment, still they could not save him. People need to be more aware now,” said Dilip Patel, BJP group leader in BMC. He represents the ward where the late director-producer lived.
The BMC has now decided to intensify the anti-mosquito drive till January and focus on “the posh areas”.
Last week, the BMC reported that 60% of the 647 dengue cases reported in civic hospitals were from upper and middle class families. “The drive will intensified till October-end as it a breeding period for dengue mosquitoes,” said Dr Arun Bamne, executive health officer. “The drive will continue till January and priority will be given to the high-profile areas.”
Civic health officials have been carrying out the drive after Chopra was diagnosed with dengue on October 14. DNA, on October 15, reported about the BMC finding three mosquito breeding hotspots in Yash Chopra’s studio in Andheri (W).
Health officials from western suburbs said it is difficult to carry out fumigation in “high-profile” buildings.
Anil Joseph, chief of Perry Road Residents’ Association in Bandra, said: “A civic staffer told me that they were not allowed to enter a cricketer’s and an actor’s home for fumigation. If this is how the civic officials are going to be treated, how do we control the disease?”
Bamne added that the BMC has been carrying out the anti-mosquito drive in slum and slum-like areas considering the residents are more prone to contracting malaria and dengue. “So, the number of cases of malaria and dengue have reduced in slums,” he said.
The major awareness programme for citizens will be undertaken by the BMC immediately. “The programme will make citizens aware of the do’s and don’ts about dengue and we will meet society office-bearers too,” said Bamne.
Senior health officials pointed out to the lack of awareness among citizens and doctors. “Many citizens find the symptoms of dengue similar to malaria and doctors too tend to do the same when treating patients. A few patients also indulge in self-medication, which is not advisable,” said a senior health official.