The health department of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has started taking an extensive doorto-door drive to keep a check on dengue and malaria cases.
As part of the drive, which is being called as the Rapid Fever Survey, officials and volunteers from the 26 Urban Health Posts (UHPs) from the health department are visiting each and every household in every node under the jurisdiction.
“We started off with the drive from Monday onwards and are going to continue for a week during which we aim to complete the survey. While we are checking for breeding spots during the visit. If anyone is suffering from fever, we will collect blood samples and send them for lab testing for dengue and malaria,” said Dr Ujwala Oturkar, malaria officer, health department of NMMC.
As per the statistics from the health department, the civic body recorded a total of 326 suspected dengue patients from January to September, of which 21 turned out to be positive.
While last year during the same period, there were a total of 836 cases of which 8 turned out to be positive.
As for malaria, from January to September this year, a total of 225 cases have been recorded while in 2015 during same period, a total 196 cases were registered.
As per the records from the civic health department, during the last three days around 1248 households have been checked to ensure there is no mosquito breeding and 334 blood samples have been taken to cross-check cases of malaria.
A special indoor mosquito breeding research mission was also carried out in which 549 households were checked and 112 mosquito breeding places found were completely destroyed. “We are requesting the residents to check water in scrap materials, empty bottles, shells etc. The outdoor water storage drums, tanks, and vessels should also be cleaned on a regular basis,” said the official.