Vashi: The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation(NMMC) health department is being blamed for the increasing number of people suffering from mosquito-borne diseases. Activists are blaming the civic body for failing to prevent the spread ofmalaria and dengue cases in spite of spending Rs3 crore for fumigation to eradicate mosquitoes.
Due to the recent rains, the water on roads, playgrounds and gardens have become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. “Waste disposal system has stopped working since the past two months. Mosquito larvae are breeding in the water puddles. However, the NMMC is least bothered,” said Adv Shivkumar Kanti from Airoli. Ghansoli corporator Deepak Patil said dengue has claimed three lives in his ward. “NMMC’s mosquito eradication program has been a total failure,” he said.
NMMC officials admitted that around 275 suspected malaria cases have been reported in the last nine months. Out of the 42 suspected dengue cases, 15 were positive. “Due to the sudden change in the weather, cases of viral fever are increasing. Majority of suspected cases tested negative for malaria and dengue,” he said.
But Dr. Ramesh Nikam, chief health officer, NMMC, strongly denied deaths due to dengue in his jurisdiction. “The situation is under control,” he said.