G South and E wards logged the cases in the first five days of June; city reports other diseases as well, such as dengue and gastroenteritis
A medic collects blood samples for dengue and malaria testing. Experts have advised that those with fever and chills get tested at the earliest. File pic
Two wards in the city—G South and E—have reported 57 malaria cases in the first five days of June, even before the onset of monsoon. The cases have come from both residential areas and construction sites, as per civic health officers. Experts have advised people to take preventive measures to avoid such vector-borne diseases and opt for testing in case of fever with chills.
According to health officials, Elphinstone and Byculla are contributing a majority of the cases in the two wards. Dr Devendra Golhar, medical officer from G South ward, said, “The cases are coming from different parts of the ward. Surveillance is on and all steps are being taken to prevent spread and for treatment of patients.”
A health officer from E ward said, “As per direction, we are screening people working at construction sites. So we have got cases both from residential areas and construction sites.” So far this year, a total of 950 cases of Malaria have been reported in the city. There has been no casualty. Apart from this, 10 cases of dengue and 78 cases of gastroenteritis have also been detected in the first five days of the month.