Measles Outbreak in Maharashtra Brings Back Covid Memories

Mumbai, Maharashtra: On one hand, the decline in the cases of corona is giving relief to the people of the country, while on the other hand, the outbreak of measles has increased the concern. In the capital of Maharashtra, Mumbai, the measles disease is getting out of control. It’s even more concerning because this disease is spreading its legs among children. The Central Government has also expressed concern over this situation. 

The govt has taken steps to assess and manage the increase in the number of measles cases among children. They have deployed high-level teams of health experts in Jharkhand’s capital Ranchi, Gujarat’s capital Ahmedabad and Kerala’s Malappuram alongside Mumbai as reports of measles are also coming from these areas.   

The situation in Mumbai is more concerning because an 11-year-old boy died of measles in Mumbai on Tuesday. The total death toll due to the measles outbreak in Mumbai reached 11 so far. Two of these patients were from outside the metropolis while 12 more people got infected with the viral disease, taking the toll of the affected to 220. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) health department’s bulletin informed the same. 

Measles outbreaks have been reported from 21 locations in 10 of Mumbai’s 24 civic wards, according to the bulletin. Patients infected with measles were isolated or admitted for treatment in eight hospitals – Kasturba Hospital, Shivaji Nagar Maternity Home, Bharat Ratna Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Hospital, Rajawadi Hospital, Shatabdi Hospital, Kurla Bhabha Hospital and Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Hospital and Seven Hills Hospital has gone.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Health Minister Dr. Tanaji Sawant on Tuesday reviewed the situation arising out of the measles outbreak at a meeting at the State Secretariat in South Mumbai. BMC officials and Dr. Meeta Vashi and Dr. Arun Gaikwad from the World Health Organization were present in the meeting along with officials from the state health department.

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