DNA | Last Modified - Aug 26, 2011, 06:26 AM IST
Ahmedabad: Inspite of several measures taken by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) to curb malaria and malaria-related deaths, the deadly vivax has claimed several lives in the city in the past 10 days. The death of a woman in the city on Thursday should serve as an eye-opener for the civic body.
Gulshan Bano Dilawar (20), a resident of Ramol area in the city, succumbed to malaria during treatment in VS Hospital. On Wednesday, Jayantilal Ambalal (35) lost his life to the disease in Shardaben Hospital of the city.
If statistics are anything to go by, malaria has claimed 20 lives in Ahmedabad in past 10 days. Over the last one month, 298 cases of malaria were registered in city hospitals. A total of 3,097 malaria cases have been reported in the city since January 2011.
"Water stagnating in open places due to rains and humid climate are primary causes for mosquito breeding in the city," said Dr Suhas Kulkarni, medical officer at AMC.
According to Kulkarni, the civic body has started taking strict measures to curb fatalities due to the disease. "A team of medical officers from AMC will identify the areas with most instances of the disease. Further, the team will employ fogging and spraying of medicines to control breeding of mosquitoes in these areas."
Not only malaria, but diseases like dengue and falciparum are also on the rise. Six cases of dengue were reported on Wednesday while Thursday saw 13 cases of malaria, six cases of falciparum and seven cases of typhoid in the city.