Mumbai: BMC finds 54 pc of malaria cases in Parel among migrated patients livings on footpaths outside hospitals

Entry type: Single project

Country/area: India

Publishing organisation: Mid-day.com

Organisation size: Big

Publication date: 2022-07-18

Language: English

Authors: Anagha Sawant


Anagha Sawant is a Mumbai-based senior sub-editor with Mid-Day. She has more than six years of experience with print and digital media platforms. She has covered stories on public health, education, and social and development sectors. She reports on public health and general news across Mumbai and Maharashtra at Mid-day.

Project description:

The story is about a monsoon illness case in Mumbai. Out of the 35 malaria cases found by a local civic body in Mumbai of a particular area, 54 per cent of the cases were diagnosed among the migrated patients staying on the footpath outside hospitals.

Impact reached:

The local municipal body started to keep track of the migrating patients’ cases and organised inspections to find breeding spots in order to reduce the instances.

Techniques/technologies used:

Collected data from the civic authority. No special digital tool used.

Context about the project:

This was the first time that so many malaria cases were found among the migrated patients living outside the hospitals’ footpath. While earlier, it would be hardly two to three cases amongst the migrated patients getting diagnosed from the footpaths.

What can other journalists learn from this project?

To study the data locally and more in-depth rather than just going by the figures.

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