The need of the hour is proper handling of waste management in the satellite city. After the detection of many malaria and dengue cases in Mumbai area, it is time to counter the menace of malaria and other water bound diseases. It is the utmost duty of the residents of Mumbai to maintain the city neat and clean. First of all, the use of plastic needs to be avoided totally. That is the root cause for blockage of drainage system and that causes water stagnation in the city.
Water stagnation is the major reason for the breeding of mosquitoes. People should realise that accumulation of solid waste is a hindrance to the civic problems and try to dispose off the same instead of accumulating the waste. Navi Mumbai is picked as 8th best city in India and it is time to make Mumbai also in a better shape and help Navi Mumbai maintain the rating for the ensuring years also and Mumbai must come good with higher spot and come within first three spot in cleanliness.
Flower pots watering attract water stagnation and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Housing societies cry foul initially but due to stiff resistance by flat owners the society management could not arrest planting and watering in the open spaces, which give scope for mosquito breeding. Proper fumigation has to be done periodically so that mosquito breeding can be avoided totally. No doubt, some fragmentary legislative and administrative steps have been taken to meet this challenge but the size and seriousness of the problem have been increasing day by day at a higher pace.
This problem is so acute that the hope of humanity will be able to meet this challenge, seems to recede. In fact, the impact of pollution is so alarming that according to Wealth Health Organisation’s estimates, as much as 90 per cent of the world’s diseases are traceable to water pollution. Jaundice, typhoid, cholera, dengue and other gastroenteric diseases are attributed to water pollution. The civic body should also carve a programme to drive dengue by anti-dengue spraying and fumigation from within the houses of locals. The major cause for all the ailments relating to water have been found due to the unfit consumption of water since the onset of monsoon. BMC should act fast and take remedial measures to eradicate malaria from the Metropolis. The ward officers should be made to work overtime and bring the level of malaria to the minimum as done last year. It is time to take preventive measures or else the situation will go out of hand.
The number of Leptospirosis cases in the city cases is on the increase in the Mumbai belt ever since monsoon set in the Commercial Capital of India and that spreads to Navi Mumbai also. The issues on hand range from prevention and testing to diagnosis and treatment. Recently leptospirosis killed 20 people in Mumbai and it is increasing day by day and spreading to suburbs as well.
Emphasis was given for the major role to be played in case of water borne diseases. If not properly diagnosed it results in deaths. The civic body has started holding awareness campaigns along with anti-rodent action. It is time to act fast and on a priority basis.
To add to Lepto, we come across cases of malaria, dengue, swine flu and other viral fevers due to wet weather conditions. Proper desilting can prevent water logging in housing societies. Pools of water is stagnated near car parking areas paving way for mosquito breeding and the residents suffer as mosquito bites are experienced during day and night. Further, BMC should find ways and means to bring the rat and dog population down through concerted efforts.
Municipal Corporation and the housing societies should be able to find remedial measures to control the influx of rats and dogs inside each society as they find food in the housing complex open spaces. Drainage pipes should be properly cleaned up to avoid water stagnation. Even car cleaners allowing water to stagnate after the wash should be penalised. It is time to have a rational thinking on water stagnation measures and it is a matter of great concern for the robust health of citizens in the city.
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)