Another child died of measles in Govindi, taking the toll to 13 in Mumbai.
Another child died of measles in Govindi on Thursday, taking the death toll in the area to seven. Thirteen deaths from measles Mumbai has been reported so far.
The child was admitted to a civil hospital on November 20 after developing fever, cough, runny nose, maculopapular rash and respiratory distress. His symptoms worsened and he was shifted to a civilian-run specialty hospital where he was put on a ventilator to maintain oxygen saturation. On November 24, the child’s condition continued to deteriorate and he developed multiple organ failure syndrome, succumbing to an infection.
According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the child died of bronchopneumonia and multiple organ dysfunction syndrome with measles.
Govindi, which ranks lowest in the Human Development Index in Mumbai, has around 40 measles patients who are mostly being treated at Shivaji Nagar Maternity Home and Kasturba Gandhi Hospital. However, health volunteers and officials are struggling to convince residents to vaccinate their children. Out of 7,000 children who missed measles vaccination, 3,000 have been vaccinated so far through special vaccination camps.
When The Indian Express visited the vaccination camps, one of the anganwadi workers complained that although slum dwellers promise to vaccinate their children, they later fail to do so. “Often, children develop itchiness or fever after exposure to jab. Later, it spreads as gossip that children are adversely affected, which deters others from taking jab,” said an anganwadi. said the worker.
The BMC has engaged local Maulanas who are informing the locals about the importance of vaccination on loudspeakers. “Have you ever seen a mark on your seniors’ arms? It’s from the vaccine that shows they’ve had the jabs. So, I can assure you that it’s safe and has no side effects. ,” a Maulana was announcing on a microphone in Baba Nagar, Govindi on Thursday.
The area medical officer, Dr. Appalimtra Waghmarim, said they have roped in anti-malaria squad personnel who have been engaged in counseling patients for years.
Meanwhile, there were 603 confirmed cases of measles in the state. Out of which 62 cases were reported in Malegaon Civic Corporation and 36 in Bhiwandi Civic Corporation.