After malaria, BMC targets dengue

After claiming to control malaria, BMC is gearing up to combat the menace of dengue which has seen a rise in the past few months.

"Through a combined approach of effective vector control, early diagnosis and treatment, planning at the micro level and community awareness, malaria was controlled," said municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte at the release of 'Fight The Bite', a short film and book on malaria control programme by BMC, Friday.

"Similar approach will help us curb dengue," he said.

The city recorded 907 dengue cases in 2012, the highest since 2010. The number more than doubled compared to 2011, when 416 cases were recorded, as per civic records.

While number of deaths caused by malaria in 2010 was 145, it fell to 45 in 2012.

"Certain steps have proved impactful in meeting the challenge of malaria, such as early detection, correct and complete treatment, which are now also being implemented effectively for other public health concerns such as TB and diabetes," said Manisha Mhaiskar, additional municipal commissioner.

"Micro mapping is now being used to control dengue," she said. At Arogya Abhiyan camps in slums, the number of malaria cases dropped to 46 in 2012 from 94 in 2011.

"The book and the film chart the civic body's success in curbing malaria and have been put together to show other corporations the right way to fight the disease," said Mhaiskar.

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