Ten die due to monsoon-related diseases in Mumbai

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Mumbai, Jun 23 (UNI) As many as 10 people have died due to various rain-related diseases in the city since the onset of monsoon on June 9.

A man, who was suffering from fever and admitted in King Edward Hospital at Parel in Central Mumbai, died yesterday.

Earlier, nine people had died due rain-related diseases in the city, with three succumbing to dengue, three to malaria and four to fever, according to civic officials.

Meanwhile, despite the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) taking all steps to curb the spread of monsoon-related diseases, the number of patients admitted to various hospitals in the city for treatment, is not decreasing, with 194 patients being admitted to the various civic run hospitals, in the last 24 hours ending this morning.

According to civic officials, 134 people have been admitted for fever, 49 for gastroenteritis and 11 for malaria.

The corporators across the board debated about the administration's inability to curb the menace of the monsoon-related diseases.

Former deputy Mayor of Mumbai, Dilip Patel, said despite the corporation passing many tenders and items for the problems, nothing much has been done.

''Somewhere, the elected representatives and the administration have failed to fulfil the needs of the people and the spread of the diseases,'' said Mr Patel, while participating in the debate.

BJP corporator Yogesh Sagar, who had raised the point of order regarding the diseases, said the diseases are spreading and in many of the city's private hospitals, patients are not being admitted for fear of spread of the diseases.

''The private hospitals should be acted upon by the civic officials,'' added Mr Sagar.

''The administration is doing a good job, but since many people are coming from other areas, the diseases are spreading,'' said one corporator, who did not wish to be named.

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