Malaria prevails amongst younger age groups
A 3 year trend survey from 2009 – 2011, conducted by Metropolis Healthcare Ltd. gives us an insight into 2 of the most common infectious diseases in the monsoon season namely, malaria and dengue. Spanning 4 major cities namely Mumbai, Pune, Chennai & Ahmedabad, this survey has been conducted across tests like Malarial Parasite, Malarial Antigen and Malaria Antibody IgG – Blood, Dengue Antigen(NS1), Serum by EIA, Dengue Antibodies – IgG and Serum by EIA & Dengue – IgM Antibodies, Serum by EIA.
Of a total of 79,322 people screened for Malaria in Mumbai, 7,922 people [Male: 4,670 (58.94%), Female: 2,646 (33.40%) & Children: 606 (7.64%)] tested positive for the disease. Similarly, of a total of 1,434 people screened for Dengue, 413 people [Male: 216 (52.30%), Female: 155 (37.53%), Children: 42 (10.16%)] showed abnormal results for the infection.
Commenting on the survey, Dr. Mrs. Jatinder Bhatia, Chief of Lab Services, Projects – North India, Metropolis Healthcare Ltd said, ‘In today’s time, factors such as global warming, humidity, increasing rainfall/temperature etc has majorly put people at risk for communicable diseases. In line with the current study by Metropolis, youngsters in Mumbai are found to be at a major health threat for malaria and dengue over a wide range and high altitude. However, effective prevention strategies such as research on vaccines, environmentally safe insecticides, alternative approaches to disease control and training programs for health-care workers can reverse this growing trend’.