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BMC to increase dengue awareness among housing society residents

Twin deaths in Malwani last week and 125% rise in dengue cases in Mumbai this year has prompted the BMC on Tuesday to increase awareness on the dangers of dengue, its symptoms and how it could be prevented, by educating the chairmen and secretaries of about 60,000-odd housing societies who, in turn, will spread the word among residents.

Medical health officers of all 24 wards would get in touch with housing societies revealed Dr Arun Bamne, BMC executive health officer. These health officers will carry out the drive with help from ward officers, community development officers and volunteers.

Tariq Jafri (32), a tax agent residing in society no 136 in Malwani had succumbed to dengue shock syndrome on Wednesday, while his four-year-old daughter Tasneem had lost her fight against the mosquito-borne infection on Sunday. 7-8 fever cases were found during a quick survey of the area carried out by the BMC. Two boys, Mohammed Faiz (17) and Mohammed Faiz Idris (15), from the colony were suspected with dengue and admitted to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Andheri on Tuesday after their condition worsened at a private clinic. BMC's chief epidemiologist, Dr Mangala Gomare said that the elder brother had tested positive for dengue, but the younger was negative.

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