Amidst COVID-19, cases of monsoon illnesses drop by over 100 per cent in Mumbai  |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- Mumbai was initially one of the worst affected cities in India, due to COVID-19
- According to data, Mumbai saw a huge drop in seasonal monsoon diseases, even as COVID-19 cases rose in the city
- More awareness, hygiene, and steps taken by the civic bodies were listed as reasons for the drop in cases of dengue, H1N1 and other seasonal diseases
New Delhi: The country and the world as a whole has been grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic for almost a year now. Mumbai, a metropolitan city in India was initially the worst affected city in the whole country but was soon left behind by the national capital, Delhi. However, even as large number of COVID cases were reported from the city, reports have now found that the city saw a drop of over 100 per cent in cases of monsoon illnesses such as dengue, and H1N1.
According to a report in the Free Press Journal, the number of monsoon-related illnesses and swine flu cases has dropped by over 100 per cent. The monsoon season lasts pretty long in Mumbai, giving rise to seasonal diseases. In 2020, as COVID-19 spread quickly in the city, people were apprehensive about the precautionary measures being taken to stop the spread of monsoon diseases.
However, according to data, cases of dengue, H1N1, gastroenteritis and leptospirosis have dropped down to 128, 44, 2,478 and 237, respectively, this year till December 20. Last year, the city had recorded 920 dengue, 281 leptospiroses, 7,785 gastroenteritis and 451 H1N1 cases. However, cases of malaria saw a spike. The civic body is currently looking into the reasons as to why such a rise in cases of malaria was seen.
According to experts, the drop in cases has also helped in the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 patients. If seasonal infections were reported in high numbers this year, similar and overlapping symptoms could lead to delay in diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19. People’s immunity would also drop, due to disease, putting them at higher risk of contracting COVID-19.
According to experts, various factors helped in bringing seasonal diseases under control. People became more aware of water-borne diseases and started to take precautions. People also maintained more hygiene within and around their homes this year, due to the threat of the novel coronavirus, which helped curb many diseases.
Sanitation and fumigation work were undertaken by the civic body also helped to curb the seasonal diseases.
As per the data provided by the insecticide department, they have destroyed 63,000 breeding grounds of Aedes mosquitoes that spread dengue between January and December this year as compared to 58,000, which was done in 2019 during the same period.